I believe that it is very important for Christians to be actively involved in a local church body. Without the community, Christian life is so much less meaningful and life-giving.
1 Corinthians 12
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ…14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.
In a community of believers there are a multitude of gifts given by God to serve others. What a blessing it is to be together with a group of people who are all differently gifted and using those gifts to serve others. If you are not a part of a community, you cannot experience the richness of how The Lord has gifted his people to work together.
12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord[f] has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ[g] dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.[h] 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
We are called to be one body. God chose his people as a people group. And we are to be in community with one another and to live life together in a way that sets us apart from the norm. We are to forgive when it seems un-doable. We are to teach and encourage one another. We are to be at peace with one another even when it’s hard. These are challenging things to do! But that is what being a part of a community is all about: doing life together even when it isn’t easy. Jesus did life with people, and I bet it wasn’t always easy. Jesus even made it a point to be with the people that, because it wasn’t easy, others decided to exile. Those are the people that we should also invite to be a part of our communities.
It’s means intentionally choosing to be active in the church you attend. This means seeing each other more than just on Sunday. This means serving one another and also the people who are not a part of the body. This means going all in. It also means having the hard conversations. And mourning when others mourn. And wading through difficult situations. But most of all, it means
No one has to do life alone.