I have always been a strong proponent for a family staying faithful to a church body for a long period of time. In our time as strong Christ-followers of about 26 years, 21 of those years was serving at 2 churches. Even though we have a short tenure of 2.5 years at CRBC, we plan to navigate the issues of life with this group of Christ-followers for a long, long time.
Staying at one church for a long period has so many benefits. In an age of church-hopping for the craziest reasons, faithfulness is to be the norm, not the anomaly. In running through a blog roll today I came across a post on why one should be a faithful member of a church. It was so impacting I thought I’d throw out the reasons rapid-fire fashion, let them reverberate in your spirit, and hopefully, solidify your faithfulness to the church you now call home. Here they are:
1. You follow a pattern established in the New Testament.
2. You have a greater opportunity to use your spiritual gifts.
3. You become a more committed part of a spiritual family.
4. You insure a balanced Christian life.
5. You avail yourself to a multitude of Christian counselors.
6. (Maybe the best one) You experience the joy of serving others.
If the points capture your attention, check out the original post for scripture references for each and a bit of detail to go along with them.
In an age of consumerism in churches, easy-offendedness, lack of fortitude, minimal numbers of friendships or shallow ones, it is easy to not be faithful to ones local church. If you are in a local church, be faithful. If you are stagnant in attending somewhere because of a hurt or something, forgive those who hurt you and try again. We are all busy, business is not a good reason. Prioritize appropriately. Teach your children well. A sniffle shouldn’t keep others from benefiting from your presence (unless of course you work in the nursery at your church).