“For just as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and we were all given one Spirit to drink.” 1 Corinthians 12: 12-13 CSB
Churches that hold to the reality of scripture and faithful teaching are few and far between. Belonging to one is a joy that many are not aware of, and true Christian community is more precious than the most valuable things in this world.
One thing I have noticed, and admit that I have been guilty of, is forgetting that my church is not the only church out there that is teaching biblical truth. Whether meeting in a home, in a building, or in a cave, we forget too quickly that the church of Christ is more than where we meet, but who we are. (Romans 12:4) We are one Body, purchased by the blood of the Lamb and redeemed at an immeasurable cost. Unity of the brothers and sisters is so important, especially in these dark and wicked times. We have brothers and sisters who need our prayers, near and far. We have brothers and sisters in our very own towns and cities that may not go to our assembles, but they very much so belong to the family of God. We should not stay secluded in our churches and keep to ourselves when we have the chance to meet and fellowship with likeminded Christians.
Fellowship with the Body is such a blessing, and that Body extends beyond your church doors. We must guard against the prejudice that “my church is better than that church” if both churches are holding to the inerrant word of God and teaching doctrine faithfully. I say this not in a way to discourage one from boasting in the Lord for being a part of a sound community. I say this to challenge you to remember that your sound community expands wider. We suffer, we rejoice, we overcome and we are all one in the same. (Ephesians 4:4). We were all alienated and brought in unity through Christ (Ephesians 2:19-22) Let us strive to fellowship, pray, and love our brothers and sisters who are a part of the global church, whether that be in our neighborhood or not.
Lord God, thank You that You have given us a church that strives to remain true to our Lord and Savior by His love and mercy. Help us to remember our extended church family, and that your Bride is beyond our doors, but should be in our hearts as we pray for them. Help bring them our remembrance to pray for them, to reach out to them, to fellowship with them, and to love them as You have loved us. In Christ’s name we ask. Amen
Do you have any fellow believers that you would want to get to know better? Reach out! If the Lord wills, you never know what a blessing it might be to establish a new relationship founded in Christ with them!