Wake Up Call!
Today church was amazing. The message was called, “Stop Dating The Church!” In the message, there were so many great points but what brought tears to my eyes was what happened at the end.
My husband talked about how many people when asked about church say, “Well I don’t need to be part of a local church body, I am part of God’s universal church.” Well let me tell you, when you go through a situation, which “universal church” do you call? Who prays with you or with your family? Who brings you meals? Who sits by your bed? Joel Osteen (as much as I love him) is not going to come through the t.v. and sit with you.
In the bible the church “universal” was spoken about 29 times, the other 91 were referencing the local church. Being a part of the church universal is great, but you cannot have one without the other. If you are a apart of the local church, you are a part of the church universal and vice-versa. It would be like saying you are a part of the United States but don’t have a county or city you reside in. It just does not make sense. Cities ARE what make up the U.S. You gettin’ this?
I hope this is wake up call for those of you who never thought being planted in a church was important. The bible says that those who are PLANTED in the house of God shall flourish (Ps 92:13)! Are you flourishing? Are you planted?
Anyway, this message is from someone who can attest to the local church. It is Thurman Wells. Enjoy.