Bart Millard on Needing The Local Church
The amount of scripture extolling believers to fellowship with one another is abundant: Acts 2:42 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Hebrews 10:25 “Not neglecting to meet together as is the habit of some…”, Mathew 18:20 “Fore where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Just to name a few.
Being connected to a local church is a key way we practice fellowship. It’s not just that you need the church, but the church needs you as well. In this Worship Sound Bite, Bart Millard tells how Mercy Me values each member staying connected with their local church, and what a difference that makes in their relationship with each other, and to their ministry.
In a day and age where everyone can do church at home, in their pajamas, the concept of fellowship is being redefined to some degree. But should it? God made us to be social creatures, both introverts and extroverts. Each brings positives and negatives to the table that is the church.
The fellowship spoken of in Acts 2:42 speaks of devotion to the apostles’ teaching, the breaking of bread together, and prayer. This gives us a sound framework to build our definition of fellowship.
Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more, as you see the Day drawing near.”
Paul is admonishing us as believers to meet together so we can encourage each other to love one another, to do good works that glorify God, and to encourage one another personally. In the Worship Sound Bite, Bart points out how the members of Mercy Me have that connection both outside the band and within the band. This facilitates the worship and ministry they engage in together.
I know there is no perfect church. After all, it’s composed of imperfect people serving imperfect people. That is why the local church needs you, and you need the local church.
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Christopher Watson is an author of six books, both fiction and non-fiction. He is also a musician and composer with a B.A. in Music from Azusa Pacific University. For several years Christopher led worship at The Springs Church while attending Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas Texas. He's been involved with worship in a number of churches in California and the Pacific Northwest both as a musician and in production and technology. Now he lives and writes in Washington State with his amazing wife, wonderful daughters, and highly intelligent dog, Ellie Mae.