As the internet advances day by day, many in the body of Christ are turning away from church, that is the physical gathering together of believers in a local place.
I believe it is the will of God for every believer to fellowship with one another in a local place.
God’s desire is to see believers gather together in various places. The advancement of internet must not take this precious opportunity from the body of Christ.
I am acutely aware of the challenges that faces many Christians in their local assembly. I once heard an old brother in the faith say something that there is no perfect church, and what makes churches imperfect are imperfect people.
Despite the imperfection of local churches, God still wants us to perfect the imperfection of our local churches in love. I believe there is a blessedness when God finds mature Christians in less mature churches, who are willing to continue in a local church to help to edify the younger ones.
The goal of God is not for us to limit fellowship to the internet, as good as that is, but we need the face to face contact of fellow brethren in the context of a local church.
This gives opportunities for us to grow together as different people with different life experiences.
How is life in your local church, and how are you contributing your part to edify and perfect the imperfection of your brethren in your local church? Or have you left church?
I will leave you with scriptures to ponder upon.
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. 11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? 12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. t