We are created for community and formed for a family.
None of us can fulfill God’s purposes by ourselves.
The Bible says we are put together, joined together, built together, members together, heirs together, fitted together, and held together and will be caught up together. (1 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 2:21-22, 3:6, 4:16; Colossians 2:19; 1 Thessalonians 4:17).
You’re not on your own anymore!
While your relationship to Jesus is personal, God never intends it to be private. In God’s family you are connected to every other believer, and we will belong to each other for eternity. The Bible says,
“In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others”
Being a part of the church means being a vital organ of a living body, an indispensable, interconnected part of the Body of Christ. The church is a body, not a building; an organism, not an organization (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 6:15, 12:12-27).
God’s purposes for his church are identical to his five purposes for you. Worship places you in a posture of being thankful; community helps you face life’s problems; discipleship helps fortify your faith; ministry helps find your talents; power helps fulfill your mission. There is nothing else on Earth like the church!