No, not the one that the Stilley family has coming this Thursday!There is no shortage of conversation on that around our home already, and we are excited for our son and our new daughter-in-law as this wonderful day approaches.We want to be certain that we already have vital truths in place before the bottom drops out from under your feet. And the sixth truth that you need to nail down in your life is a personal commitment to a local church.Now, maybe that sounds a little self serving for me to include this in a list titled six vital, lifesaving things you will want in place before the crisis comes.No this morning, I want to talk to you about Christ's love for His bride, the Church.
This is a safe place where you can belong, flourish, and engage with new friends as you take steps to know Christ more.
An estimated 15-20 million Americans have said they are Christians, but don't want to be a part of the church.
Around 80 percent of American evangelical churches are plateaued or declining.
I mean, I am a pastor and we're gathered with the Church now, and I'm here saying that it is vital to have a strong, growing relationship with the people of God, where you can encourage each other in Christ and pray for one another and bear each other's burdens and intervene when you see a brother or sister lapsing into sinful patterns.
Is it self-aggrandizing for me to urge you to belong and be personally invested in a local church for your own sake? Statistically, one out of four church attendees are considered "church shoppers," with no real devotion to any particular local church.