I know it’s not the modern thought. Many people are exiting churches and seeking a spirituality either alone or with others who have left the church. It is natural for me to be pained by this. After all, I am a minister for a church and this is the choice I have lived with for all of my adult life. I know myself well enough to know that I need the church. Having recently preached several sermons through the book of Romans, I noticed several reasons why I need the church and the church needs me. Even more, every person who is a part of the church is needed and important.
You are Called. “…loved by God and are called to be his own holy people.” (Romans 1:7)
You Are Important. “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes …” (Romans 1:16)
You are Saved. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
You are Indwelled. “You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.” (Romans 8:9)
You are Loved. “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?” (Romans 8:35)
You are Family. “… they will be called ‘children of the living God.’” (Romans 9:26)
You are Empowered. “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” (Romans 12:2)
You are Gifted. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.” (Romans 12:6)
You Are Needed. “We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.” (Romans 15:2)
You are Strong. “Now all glory to God, who is able to make you strong.” (Romans 16:25)
If you’ve ever felt left behind, left out, unimportant, unneeded, unnecessary, and unnoticed by God, you should know that the church needs you! If you’ve ever felt alone, unforgiven, without purpose, adrift in life, you should know that you need the church. God has a Family and He invites us all to be a part of it!