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Pastor Tim Swigarts Blog

Missio Dei is a Contemporary Baptist Church located in historic Galena IL. Senior Pastor Tim Swigart shares his thoughts on numerous topics concerning the church.

Church is Necessary

Timothy Swigart

So many Christians today are trying to grow in their relationship with Christ without being involved consistently with a local body of believers. The net result of this striving is often a slow drift from Christ and other believers. You simply cannot grow closer in your walk with Christ without being involved in a church. It's simply not designed to work that way.

In Hebrews 10:24-25, the author writes, "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." The author recognized the vital need for involvement in the church. We need the consistent encouragement provided by our brothers and sisters in Christ as the Spirit moves through His Church. We cannot get that apart from a local body of believers.

Consider the way Jesus loved the Church. Paul writes, "Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" (Ephesians 5:25). Jesus gave His very life to care for the Church. Do we love the church like that? Are we willing to sacrifice for the church? For many, the answer sadly is "no."

Often times, our excuses for skipping church are really an indication of priorities more than anything. We simply prioritize many things above church. Why is that? Why doesn't belonging to Christ's Body stir us to eagerly anticipate our time spent with other believers? What does it say about our love for God when we prioritize other things over time spent with Him in worship with other believers?

If you're struggling to plug in, I'd encourage you to stop by one of our two small groups. One group meets on Monday nights and the other meets on Wednesday nights. Contact me through the contact tab for directions. We'd love to have you join us as we worship the One True God together!