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Last week I gave you three reasons to be a member or a local church by Paul Tautges. They were: (1) You follow the pattern set forth in the New Testament; (2) You have a greater opportunity to use your spiritual gifts; (3) You become a more committed part of a spiritual family. Here are the next three reasons.

4. You ensure a balanced Christian life. By nature we all have a tendency to gravitate toward extremes. God’s design for the church is a multifaceted body whose members are interrelated and interdependent. And that assists in spiritual growth. You cannot get this kind of symmetry and balance just by listening to Christian radio or television. God designed that you be a part of a local church wherein you can find balance and growth and you minister and are ministered to by others.

5. You avail yourself of the wisdom of a multitude of counselors. God never intended for us to live our lives independent of others, or above them. He desires for us to develop relationships of accountability with other Christians. According to Proverbs 11:14, where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety. The local church is a great place to find wise counsel and direction from spiritual leadership and older, more mature believers (Titus 2:1-8). These relationships will help guide you in the many decisions that you face in life so that you may discern God’s good and perfect will.

6. You experience the joy of serving others. God has re-created us in Christ Jesus for the purpose of bringing glory to Him by bearing fruit (Eph. 2:10; John 15:2). The fruit of the Spirit is primarily manifested in our relationships with other (Gal. 5:22-23). Believers are to follow the example of Christ the Master Servant (John 13:15). By joining a local church, you are agreeing with God that one of the ways to bear fruit in the Christian life is by serving others.

Bro. Mike

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