I love my church family! I love the encouragement I receive from my brothers and sisters in Christ on a daily basis. I love being able to pray together, study God's Word together, serve our community together, and fellowship and worship together. My church family is important to me...in every area of my life. I know that I am never alone because Christ lives within me. And I know that I am never alone because I have a church family who loves me and is always here for me. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says, "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." Proverbs 27:17 says, "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." Yes, I love my church family! I love what God has done for me and is doing for me and will do for me through my Start Baptist Church family!
With that being said, it would be a shame for me not to share the love and the joy I receive from my church family with others. As Christ followers, we are adopted into the family of God through the blood of Jesus. We are children of God, brothers and sisters in Christ. We are the church of God. How important is the church to Jesus? Paul says in Ephesians 5:25-27 that Jesus "gave himself up for her." Jesus died for the church...for you and for me. As a part of the family of God and a part of the local church, I want others to receive the love and the joy that I have received, too. That is why I believe I should INVITE others to church and INVEST in them through discipleship and service. I want others to see Jesus...to surrender to Him as Lord and Savior...to be transformed by His amazing love...to serve Him joyfully and faithfully. I love the story of the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4. Jesus sat down with this Samaritan woman and talked to her. He crossed all kinds of barriers in speaking with her. Why? Jesus cared about people, regardless of race or prestige or lifestyle. Jesus wanted this Samaritan woman to experience life...abundantly and eternally! In John 3:17, we read, "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." After Jesus explained to this woman that He, in fact, was the Messiah, she immediately left her water jar on the edge of the well and went back to her village. What was her message in John 4:29? "COME SEE A MAN!" This Samaritan woman experienced true life change through a personal encounter with Jesus, and she wanted everyone in her village to know it and experience it for themselves. She said, "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?" This is the INVITE and INVEST strategy that you and I need to embrace. We should be inviting other to "come see a Man," and we should be investing in one another through discipleship and service. Are our churches perfect? No, because we are not perfect. However, if our churches are preaching repentance and salvation through Jesus alone, then we have the good news that can change lives for eternity! Let's be a part of that life change. Let's INVITE other to be a part of our church family. Let's INVEST in one another through discipleship...iron sharpening iron...two being better than one. Let our message be: COME SEE A MAN!!!