Craig Blomberg on why we must go to church

A friend of mine posted the link to this blog on his facebook site.  It’s about why believers should be committed to a fellowship  and is entitled Ask Not What The Church Can Do For You But What You Can Do For The Church

Blomberg has it down when he says:

Those of us who know Jesus well enough to cope for awhile without the Church are precisely those who should be helping the rest of the Church to grow ‘in the knowledge of the Son of God’.

Yet, of course, in our me-centric world it’s not about the rest of the Church.  It’s about whether or not I am growing.  It’s about whether I get something from the preaching.  It’s about whether I like the music.

Oh, where did we go so wrong?  And why is it that those who should know better are the ones who claim they can have Jesus without church?  Blomberg continues:

The people I’ve talked to since my last blog about church who aren’t currently involved anywhere are among some of the most gifted and talented Christians I know.  They have the spiritual reserves, so to speak, to get by probably for a good, long while without “needing” church themselves.  The problem is the church desperately needs them. 

I have to agree with him.  I know Christians who are out of church and the church is the poorer for it.  I also know Christians in the church who seem determined only to milk the church for what it is worth to them.  How far have we failed this generation in teaching them the purpose of church!

The church was never meant for me.  It was meant so that the body of believers could together reach maturity in the Son of God (Ephesians 4:13).  The whole body can grow only if ‘each part does its work’ (Ephesians 4:16).

What is your part in your local church? 

  • If you don’t feel like you’re being fed, is it time to ask whether God intends you to study the Word yourself in order to feed yourself and then to feed others?
  • If you don’t feel like your needs are being met, is it time to meet someone else’s needs anyway?
  • If you don’t like the music in church, is it time to learn to get past the music and to worship anyway?
  • If you don’t like the reality of messy community, is it time to humble yourself to let others (even those who know less than you!) speak into your life?

You never know, if we choose to love the bride of Christ, if we choose to seek the maturity of the local church, if we work for unity amongst the saints…maybe God will use it to bring us towards the maturity we claim to desire.  Maybe it is time for you and me to ‘grow up’ (Ephesians 4:15) and get back into the church!

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