Proverbs 13  7-13-16

Church is important. Why, you may ask. 

  1. Christ initiated it. Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock [your proclamation that I Am the Christ, the Son of the living God] I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
  2. We have a common Spirit. Acts 2:44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.
  3. We need each other. Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us hold unswervingly [how?] to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
    [24]  And let us consider how we may spur one another on [this is how!] toward love and good deeds.  [25] Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another [we need each other as a coal needs other coals]—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. 
  4. On our own, we are “prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; prone to leave the God I love.” (Verse 3 of “Come Thou Fount”)

Consider these verses:

Proverbs 13:20 He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.

Proverbs 12:26 A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

 Proverbs 18:24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother [Jesus!].

Proverbs 22:24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man,
do not associate with one easily angered, [25] or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.

We need the friendship of other Christians.  We need “teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16)” as well as support in times of sadness and difficulty, good times and laughter, and sweet fellowship and worship. 

Those who know Christ are drawn to His body, the Church. LET’S DO IT!

 

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