Scripture teaches there are two very important reasons to make a commitment to a local church. First, we see a picture of the church as a body that needs all of the parts to be complete. Second, we see a direct commandment to not forsake meeting together.
- One Body - Many Members: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 - “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. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body Jews or Greeks, slaves or free and all were made to drink of one Spirit.”
Being Together Is Important: Acts 2:42-46 - “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,praising God and having favor with all the people.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 - “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
These verses paint a picture of how the body of Christ needs every member to be complete. Only in true biblical community can we fulfill Jesus’ greatest commandment to love one another. Within that community we have the opportunity to spur one another on towards love and good deeds. We see the phrase “one another” in scripture many times. Examples to love, care for, be at peace with, bear with, mutually submit to, and forgive one another abound. We believe that the best place to experience those “one-anothers” is within the context of the local church.