10. We need to witness to unbelievers together with others.
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
“We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.” 1 John 3:14
11. We need to love others, bear with the weak, help new believers.
“We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” Romans 15:1-2
“And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14
12. We need to be part of a church for the sake of our children.
Children need the example of their parents and other believers in worship, loving others, listening to God’s word. We may not realize it but our example of commitment to God’s people will speak volumes to them.
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
“We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.” Psalm 78:4
The primary place parents teach their children is in their own families and homes as they live life together. But it is important that our children see us worshipping with others, serving and loving others, and pursuing teaching and instruction in God’s word.
You need the church and the church needs you! God never intended for us to live the Christian life alone! I need others to care for, encourage, teach, and challenge me, and I need to do the same for my brothers and sisters.
Remember, you are not just a body filling a spot in a pew. Look around. Others need you! You may not feel like you have anything to offer others, but God’s word says that you do. So if you’re not involved in a local church, ask the Lord to guide you and show you where he wants you to be.
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