To follow Jesus, one must be a disciple, ambassador, and member. Following Jesus is more than just believing in him, it is belonging. Believing without belonging makes us spiritual orphans! To truly realize what it means to follow Christ, we need to be part of a church family. The church is the body of Christ. A member is only valuable when it is connected to the body. Therefore, if we truly want to realize the power of Jesus in their lives, we must be connected to a church family. Many see the church as a building or an event, but more than that, it is a family in relationship with God. There is a significant difference between attending a church service and being a member of a church family.
This week as we continue our series Catch the Spirit we are going to be looking at one of greatest gifts that the Holy Spirit provides in our lives; the gift of a spiritual family. As we allow ourselves to be filled with the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit then we have a bond of unity with other believers.
The early church is a powerful example of this. We read in Acts 2:42-47 that after Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles there was an overwhelming since of unity. In those powerful verses we catch a glimpse of the Spirit’s provision:
- “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching…”
- “They devoted themselves…to the fellowship”
- “They devoted themselves… to the breaking of bread”
- “They devoted themselves…to prayer”
- “They gave to anyone as he had a need…”
- “They praised God and enjoyed the favor of all the people”
And the scripture tells the result was nothing short of miraculous: “Everyday, the number in their group continued to grow as the Lord added those who were being saved.”
You cannot truly follow Jesus without being connected in relationship to a church family. Others may feel that they don’t need to be connected, but they will never be able realize Christ in their lives without a group to belong to. You can’t be a football player without belonging to a team. You can’t be a soldier without belonging to a platoon. You can’t be a bee without belonging to a hive. Who do you know who claims to know Christ but does not belong to a church family?
Join your church family in worship this Sunday as we Catch the Spirit!