The local church in America is experiencing a shift in its landscape. Once a thriving beacon of society, it is now being marginalized. Pushed to the fringes of society due to a perfect combo of its own undoing and the shifting cultural landscape.
Yet despite the increase in the religiously unaffiliated, the local church is the greatest hope of the world and our country. It’s the vehicle Christ uses to point all nations unto himself. While the car needs some tweaking (My frustrations with the church in America) it still holds the mantle as the beautiful bride of Christ.
Here are my top 7 reasons I still love the local church and you should as well:
Jesus loves the church.
Jesus loves the church and the gates of hell will not stand against it. He died for His bride. Though the church is not a building, saints have gathered together since the beginning.
They joined together to eat, study, and grow closer to the Lord. Jesus and the original apostles gave everything so that these Jesus-centered communities could exist in a healthy, world changing kind of way.
Their sacrifice was not in vain because the church will always remain. Their love for the church carries on in my heart and hopefully yours as well.
Church invites me into a larger story.
Participating in a local body of believers affords me an opportunity to join a cosmic level story. The God of the universe seeks to redeem and reconcile all those who are lost, and I get to be a part of his plans.
Live are changed, marriages are restored, and broken people experience wholeness. My active involvement in church gives me a front row seat to the movements of God in a global, local, and personal scale. Not only do I get to see His work, but I’m also invited to join in on what he is accomplishing. It’s incredible.
Church gives me a place to belong.
Before you need a place to believe, you need a place to belong. Church is that space. Ask questions. Seek answers. Wrestle with your doubts. You name it and church is the space for it.
Though churches historically haven’t always gotten this right. Most are starting to figure it out. We all crave safety and intimacy. It’s hardwired into our DNA, and the church, when done right, is the safest place in the world. It’s a place to belong.
Church provides a place to believe.
The beliefs of a society are left up to those who scream loudest. Thus the morality dictated by culture is an ever changing field of land mines built on a foundation of shifting sand. If I followed those who screamed loudest, I’m not sure what I’m supposed to believe because it keeps adjusting depending upon who I listen to.
In contrast, the church, rooted in scriptures and committed to Jesus, gives an anchor to my soul. It provides a place to believe. When I wonder what morality and truth looks like, I only have to look toward Jesus. The church affords me a group of people who think the same way.
Church gives accountability.
I am not perfect. Neither are you. We need people who help make us better and have our best interest in mind. Church is that place where we invite people to speak truth in our lives making us better men and women, fathers and mothers, coworkers and bosses.
Attending church creates healthier lives.
Eating healthy, regular exercise, and good sleeping habits are not glamorous choices. Yet the results are most often happier lives and a healthier existence. The same is true spiritually.
Neither the church nor Jesus promise your life to be perfect and easy. Life can be hard sometimes. Jesus does make your life greater and he makes you greater at life. When we regularly gather together with the saints it sets us up for a better life.
I found my wife at church.
Ok this last one is just for me, but hey you never know. It might work for you as well. I met my wife at a Bible study over 11 years ago, and this year will be our ten year anniversary.
So guys if nothing else, the ladies are better at church than they are at the bars. LOL.
I love the local church. It has its faults, but it is the hope of the world and the gates of hell will not stop it from moving forward.