The Blessings of the Church

As I sit down to write this post and I am thinking about the blessings that come from being a member of a church family, I can’t help but wonder:
“Are these truly blessings that I am experiencing or have experienced in the church or are these blessings that I believe that we should receive from the church?”
The answer is both.
You see, the church is supposed to be blessing and bless the people who are a part of it, but the church is also made up of those same people that it is supposed to bless.
And let’s face it, we are not perfect people. We are fallible. We make mistakes and we still sin. We are called to live to a higher standard, but that is not something we can do on our own that is why we need Christ.
So as I am writing this list of blessings and as you read them, we need to remember that there are times when we will receive these blessings from the church, but there are many times that we won’t.
1) Acceptance
One of the blessings that we should receive from the church is acceptance. It shouldn’t matter how we are dressed, what kind of car we drive, what type of job we have, or even how “good” of person that we are. The church should be the one place that we are accepted above all others.
Unfortunately, for many people (most?) the church is not a place of acceptance, but a place of judgment. Now, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t hold our members to a Biblical standard (& I will talk more about that), but when people first come into our midst, shouldn’t we make them welcome and accept them for who they are?
2) Love
Love…I think this blessing is mostly self-explanatory. As the body of Christ, we are called to love everybody. We are called to love as Jesus loved.
3) Guidance
One of the things that I have been blessed with through the churches that I have attended is guidance. I have had wonderful women who have mentored me and I have had pastors who are willing to listen when I have needed someone to talk to or to counsel me.
4) Discipline & Accountability
Now to some people, this probably doesn’t sound like much of a blessing. We don’t like to be told that what we are doing is wrong or a sin, but part of the job of the church is to come along side and help us when we are in need and we are in great need when we continue to walk in a way that doesn’t bring glory to God. And when someone from the church comes along side and helps us to overcome, then we know that we are not alone.
5) Prayer
One of the greatest blessings in my life from the church is the knowledge that people are praying for me and being able to pray for them. I try to pray for the people in my church on a daily basis. Sometimes I pray for them by name and for specific reasons, and other times I simply pray for them as a whole.
6) Comfort & Aid
As I said earlier, one of the church’s jobs is to come along side us and help us when we are in need. And I have experienced this many different times. When I was living in south Missouri and out of work, the church I was a part of supplied me with groceries and gas on more than one occasion. The people in the church always made sure that my way was paid when we were doing activities in the community.
The church isn’t a perfect place filled with perfect people, but the church is full of blessings for those who are a part of it.

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2 Replies to “The Blessings of the Church”

  1. I am being lead to join the church we attend at every turn. Even by the blogs I read now apparently. I think this post was meant for me. Every word is true, at least at my Church. I guess that means I have found a good one.

    1. Amanda, I fought joining the church that I am now a member of for several months when I felt lead to join. What changed for me was reading Follow Me by David Platt. I realized that I wasn’t truly loving God, myself, or others by holding myself separate from the church. I have had good and bad experiences in different churches and I wasn’t sure that it was worth the commitment, but I was wrong. If you have found a good church, I hope you join.
      Love in Christ,
      Misty

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