14... for this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of the riches of His glory He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of His love, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, 21to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21 Berean Study Bible)
Please don’t tell me that “the church doesn’t matter.” Please don’t go around promoting the idea that, “we are not called to go to church-we are called to be the church.” (It’s not either/or, it’s both/and) Please don’t fall into the trap that church isn’t worth it, or valuable for you or that it just full of sinners and hypocrites and not relevant in this modern day and age.
I am not talking about Churchtown – I am talking about the church universal… the fellowship of believers… the gathering of the saints… the church for which Christ died and has empowered with His Spirit to both be and become the Kingdom of God on earth.
To turn away from church is to turn away from Jesus. There is no way around that. And don’t worry, there is always room for one more hypocritical sinner.
Pastor Brian is the senior pastor of Churchtown Church of God and regularly shares his thoughts & insight here - he invites you to join in the discussion of life & faith!