- And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together...“ (Hebrews 10:24-25).
- ...I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18).
The word Church is from the Greek word “Ecclesia“ meaning “called out ones“. It denotes a gathering or assembly of “called out ones“: “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:“ (Colossians 1:13).
The Church is not a mere religious organisation, it is not just an ultra modern plush edifice. The Church is a gathering of people who have been purchased by the blood of Jesus from sin and translated from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of light. When you join a church therefore, you have not signed up to a social club or welfare association. You have joined a group of believers where together we serve the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, the soon coming King; who is the head of the Church: “...Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body“ (Ephesians 5:23).
Belonging to the Church therefore is a big privilege bestowed on us by God. We are members of His family. We watch over each other and corporately build each other up. Separate yourself from the Church as a believer and you will become prey to the enemy. Don't ignore the power of the brethren. Keep fellowship and love one another.
Word of caution: you can sit in a Church and not necessarily be a part of God‘s family. To be a part of God‘s family you have to allow Jesus to be Lord over your life: “But as many as received him, to them gave he [rights] to become the [children] of God, even to them that believe on his name:“ (John 1:12).