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Love of the Local Church

09.26.21 | by Craig Bowling

    Love of the Local Church

    24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  Hebrews 10:24-25

    Let me just start by saying I am thankful to be part of this local church. Our church. I am thankful that you allow me to be used in your community. I am thankful that you allow me to stand on stage week after week and use the gifts that God has given me. Thank you for loving me and my family like your own.

    Togetherness. God created us with an undeniable need for it. He wove the need for the company and encouragement of other believers into us so we could thrive together. God intends for us to be devoted to our churches and keep us on the straight and narrow, all while reaching the world with His love.

    The church is the earthly representation of Christ’s love. The body of Christ is our family. The people who support us in difficult times, rejoice with us in our successes, and consistently lead us toward Jesus. So why do we find it easy to neglect the church, our God-given source of support? We are fallen human beings who are prone to give up. We get tired, bored, distracted, or angry - and abandon the things that help us grow. But joining other believers is too important for us to abandon.

    God urges His people to consistently meet together, not as just another rule to follow, but because our church family offers needed love and encouragement. Jesus is our source of faithfulness, and He has provided a community for us to love and be loved in. Let us follow His example and love each other faithfully. Thank you for being part of my local church. My family. Thank you for loving me.

    Prayer: Father, please give us the faithfulness we need to continue meeting with and serving each other. Now more than ever we need unity and support from each other. Help me be more like you.