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Loving Jesus But Not His Church

"We don't go to a church right now..."

We hear it frequently from counselees. On our online intake form, we ask potential clients to tell us what church they are attending. Partly it's to know their denominational background but what we really want to know is if they are plugged into a healthy and thriving local body of believers.

Some are in transition- new to an area, or left one but actively seeking another. For a variety of reasons, many are not looking at all. While some express a tinge of guilt, few people voice an urgency to remedy the situation.

Why is this important?

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Loving Jesus But Not His Church

  1. 1.
  2. 2. "We dont go to a church right now..."
  3. 3. We hear it frequently from counselees
  4. 4. Some are in transition but many are not looking at all
  5. 5. Lots of messed up people are in church. Why is it important?
  6. 6. Many have been wounded in church
  7. 7. Some contend they have church at home on TV
  8. 8. They profess to love Jesus but lost the desire to be in a church
  9. 9. The importance of being in a healthy church is more than just for social interaction
  10. 10. Hebrews 10:25: "Let us not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (NIV)
  11. 11. There is no specific commandment from Jesus to be in a church but..
  12. 12. Scripture references to its importance abound: Mark 1:21, Mark 6:2 Luke 4:16, Luke 6:6, Luke 13:10
  13. 13. Paul made it a point to preach in synagogues when he entered new towns
  14. 14. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her (Hebrews 5:25 NIV)
  15. 15. Jesus loved the church and gave himself up for her
  16. 16. In healthy churches, there is biblical teaching, accountability, opportunities to mature in spiritual gifts and allow the grit of human relationships to refine our hard edges
  17. 17. Proverbs 17:17 - As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another
  18. 18. Our experience is that those out of church for extended periods are not healthy
  19. 19. They stray off the narrow road to life (Matt 7:13-14)
  20. 20. The voice of demons is harder to discern with no accountability and minimal sound teaching
  21. 21. If youve been spiritually abused or disappointed, that's not been God's will for you
  22. 22. We are sheep; He wants you part of a healthy herd
  23. 23. Seek out competent Christian counseling and/or deliverance to deal with the pain and get plugged back in