Below is a quote from Australian pastor, Mark Sayers on the beauty of committing yourself to the local church:
"The Christian understands the church as a vital resource in fighting the flesh...its common meal of communion reorients us around our primary identity as citizens of heaven.
Communion reminds us of the freedom, the reality of grace given to broken sinners, the ultimate social equalizing force. Yet at the same time, the commitment that church requires bites deep into our flesh, pulling us back from running into a dangerous freedom.
In our contemporary culture, set around the needs of the individual, in which we pick and choose where to spend our time at our leisure, where formed as consumers we give but we expect in return, the social architecture of the church reorients us away from a fleshly obsession on self.
To be a truly redemptive force, a church needs the commitment of its individual members--those who shape their lives around its rhythms and calendar, who restrict their options and choose instead to serve the bride of Christ.
The small commitment of regular attendance grows into the commitment of loving brothers and sisters in Christ, which blossoms into the service of those outside the church, love of neighbor in sharing of good news and seeking of mercy and justice.
The opposite of the works of the flesh, Paul reminds us in Galatians, is the fruit of the Spirit: "Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control" (Gal. 5:22-23).
This fruit cannot be bought, or downloaded;
It is a shared crop, the result of imperfect people walking together toward Christlikeness."
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