It’s the 24th day of my June Blogging Challenge. So what am going to write about today? My mind keeps drifting to my flock at West Green Baptist Church. I am privileged to pastor these people. They’re not perfect. They are broken people, but I have jagged edges too. Nevertheless, we are traveling this road of faith together.
We are learning to be gracious to each another as we continue to conform to the image of Christ. I love them for their honesty. I love the fact they allow me to be honest with them. Of course, we still wear some fig leaves, but we’re learning and growing in our intimacy.
I know some deny the importance of church family, but I cannot imagine my life without my church. I am their undershepherd who cherishes having the smell of sheep on my clothes. If you’re a pastor, you understand. It is the most demanding occupation at times. However, it is one of the most rewarding challenges in my life.
My church family inspires me to be my best. Keeps me accountable. Encourages me. Challenges me. They do life together with me. I am grateful. West Green Baptist, if you’re reading this, I love walking this journey called life with you.
What about you? Where do you fellowship? I would like to hear from you. If you’re reading this and do not have a church home, would you consider West Green Baptist? We not perfect, but we’re growing together in Christ.
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)
The community of faith is vital to living a fruitful Christian life.
Spring is blooming in South Georgia. The Dogwood trees are flowering. The grass is perking up to a livelier shade of green. Vegetable gardens are planned and planted in the hopes of a fruitful harvest. Much like these gardens, some believers desire to be productive, but they neglect being planted in the soil of a faith community.
The church community is crucial to the discipleship of Christians for many reasons. However, I would like to highlight only two of these reasons. The first reason is that you encounter Christ in the community of faith. (Think about that for a minute.) Jesus states, “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20 NLT) If one neglects to come together as the Body of Christ, they miss the opportunity to experience Christ in this manner. This fact alone should drive us to assemble with our brothers and sisters in the Lord! Often, I have been refreshed in my spirit by merely worshipping with others.
Next, reason two is that coming together encourages and hold us accountable to one another. Like the old hymn says, we are prone to wander. Gathering regularly in Christ’s name gives us the accountability we desperately need. We need each other for the journey. You need a church; a family of disciples walking through life together.
Have you neglected church? You are missing out. You are selling yourself short. For if you are rooted in a thriving community of faith, you will bear the more fruit. Jesus said, “When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.” (John 15:8 NLT) Find a church. Find a home and grow to your full potential in the Lord.