The King's Home
Now that we’ve entered into another decade and live streaming has changed the way we have church, less and less people will physically attend services. Some can be considered couch potatoes, too lazy to get to service, and others too busy to attend but with hearts that wish they could. Either way, the gathering that Paul so passionately advised us to do will lessen within this decade if we can’t persuade the public. Families are a vital reason to stay connected on a weekly basis. Church, or gatherings, is for the edification of the saints. We get together to share burdens, to exchange reports of God’s miracles, and to worship before a King who will return for us. Here are the three most important reasons our families need The Church.
When we watch television we often see family dynamics throughout Hollywood’s history. Little House on the Prairie, Good Times, and Full House are staple shows that shaped the way the public does family. What it created was an awareness of isolation, no one deserves to be alone and everyone should have family. The Church of God provides that very benefit, our marriages and children never have to feel alone in such a big world. The Church is a microcosm of a world created to serve God and within this community the values that begin in our families are supported by The Church. The bible tells that iron sharpens iron which is a reminder that like-minded people can depend on each other for the improvement of their lives. No matter what our individual family goals we all NEED community to accomplish them.
The Church isn’t just spiritual, it’s also practical. In building community The Church understands the pain points families may have so, most churches provide, family counseling, daycare, youth nights, holiday parties, summer programs, etc. The Church is the answer or will direct families to the answer to promote wholeness and love. If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to raise a family.
No matter what harsh judgment the world places on The Church one thing remains true; The Body of Christ is charitable. It’s no surprise that churches all over the world are nonprofits. They are of use for the saints and for the world whether its coat drives in the middle of winter or pantries of food to feed the hungry, The Church is a beacon of help for their surrounding communities. When our families take part in giving, in generosity, it provides the perfect perspective on how we should see the world through the lens of Christ. Is the world a big black scary place that cannot be trusted? Yes! It was also worth dying for as we are told in John 3:16. The goal isn’t to judge the world but to serve God by being of service to the world and that kind of impact encourages every family to stay the course.
The Church is made up of five main ministries: Ephesians 4:11, "It was He who gave some to be (1) apostles, some to be (2) prophets, some to be (3) evangelists, and some to be (4) pastors and (5) teachers." When we target the gifts we have in our families that can be translated to The Body of Christ we find peace AND passion for our lives. There are millions of people wandering around trying to find a purpose and The Church promotes and provokes the gifts and callings from people in search of fulfillment. Without The Church there wouldn’t be order to our lives, no system of support to guarantee our future, and life would be aimless. At times, it is during Sunday service or Bible study that a light turns on within us that sparks our miraculous purpose, and besides salvation, it’s the most important thing we need to know.
The Church holds the answers for the world, not because it’s made up of people who are better but, because Jesus is at the center its devotion and purpose. Jesus fuels the love that The Church releases to the world, He is the only reason to be generous and charitable, He is the reason for living. We, The Church are the key to keeping families whole and happy because we are made up of families with one agenda; to create more families in Christ so that when He returns He’ll know that He’s home.