Don’t get off by yourself, away from the flock because it is then that the wolf or lion will pick you off and devour you. We are like a flock of sheep and we are not to be Isolated.
1st John 2:16-17 NIV For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
Now before you assume i am driving home for you to attend church on Sunday morning, hear me out. It’s not about going to a service or a mass or meeting publicly on any particular day, although that has its significance, we are a body of believers, not an address or a building.
Just recently I came across some of the fact The Holy Spirit reminds us.
A new friend of mine (part of the flock) clarified many things that The Holy Spirit has been saying to me through His Word and to my heart. Steve Simms is that new found friend. Although we do not live any where near each other and have never gone to a church service together he is part of the same flock.
I am finding that going to church on Sunday is just the tip of the ice burg when it come to being part of a personal and corporate relationship with Christ. “We are family”. As believers are all brothers and sisters through Christ. We all have the same Heavenly Father. We are all ministered to by the same Holy Spirit. Steve’s blog hits the nail on the head and clarifies what God’s word is saying to us.
Here is an excerpt from one of Steve Simms’ blogs:
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says: “I will build my ekklesia.” (Jesus’ ekklesia, unlike the Greek ones, was made up of His followers, both male and female.) Unfortunately, the early English translators put it this way: “I will build my church.”
However, throughout the Greek (original language) New Testament, a body (or group) of Christ-followers is called an ekklesia. Rather than just bringing that word into English, the earliest Bible translators used the English word church, which referred to a place of religious worship. By doing this, the translators lost the meaning and the history of the Greek ekklesia and turned the idea of church into a building for religious worship (or an institution) rather than an assembly of believers sharing together and ministering to one another (an ekklesia).
Taken specifically from https://stevesimms.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/christ-encounter-groups-the-new-testament-ekklesia/
Here is an audio of a classic Christian Rock song that has always hit home with me. It is by the band “Servant” song “Isolated”
Here is a more modern song “No Man Is An Island” by the band “Tenth Avenue North”
Here is another good blog by a new found friend in the family, Chris. He goes to church in a whole new way: http://www.chrisstoker.com/i-went-to-church/
One final note; Please, stay connected to the body. If you are struggling with attending a church service right now, join the club. Most people I know don’t want to go anymore. Just be honest but also consider, if you don’t go those other people will find themselves going all alone. However, if you go and meet up with those others who sincerely believe in Christ neither of you will be alone in your efforts. We must find a way to gather together, not forsake getting together, and stay committed to Christ not just as individuals but as a whole. Call a friend, meet with others, don’t isolate yourself.