Today the local church is one of the few places where the spiritual life of an individual can be nurtured. If a person neglects the church, his family is almost certain to grow up with an entirely secular education and philosophy of life. Admittedly, the church is not perfect, but it is the tool created especially by God to reach the world for Christ. The church is indispensable to a Christian and his family. In Psalm 122:1; we read, "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD." Nothing can substitute for the local church
God’s plan for a Christian will always be fulfilled best when connected with the local church. Therefore, we need to know what the importance of the local church is and what role it should play in our lives. Starting now (in this cover letter) and over the next five weeks the focus will be on the SIX ATTITUDES needed in the Local Church.
One: Our Attitude towards God – What is your attitude toward God? In Colossians 1:9-10; we read, “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; (10) That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God…”
There must be the attitude of LOVE – Matthew 22:37-40; “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (38) This is the first and great commandment. (39) And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (40) On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
There must be the attitude of FAITH and TRUST – Hebrews 11:1, 6; “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (4) By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. (5) By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. (6) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
There must be the attitude of OBEDIENCE – Hebrews 5:8. “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered…”
There must be the attitude of THANKFULNESS – Colossians 3:17, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
When it comes to our soul, the Bible says ith can sometimes be in “bitterness of soul” – I Samuel 1:10 and our soul can be “vexed” or in deep distress – II Kings 4:27. But the psalmist said in Psalm 23:3 “He restoreth my soul,” and in Psalm 57:1 we read, “…O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” Sometimes the Lord allows things to test and deepen our soul and spirit, but we can trust the Lord with the circumstances, and find a new attitude in Psalm 103:2 where we read, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits…”
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