The Mustard Seed
by Pastor Ron Friedrich
"I pray and read the Bible at home, and I watch preachers on TV.
So why do I need to also attend church?"
Are you staying home from church because you don't like certain people at church? Is this your way of avoiding conflict? A much better solution is to reach out to the brother or sister that has offended you. Win them back with Christ's love and forgiveness, and you can enjoy the church's fellowship again -- and you can be a blessing to the church.
As members of the Body of Christ, we really do need each other. No part of our human body can live or function alone, separated from the body. So also, you need other members of Christ's body, and they need you. In our fellowship we encourage each other, we hold each other accountable, we support one another, and we work together representing Christ in our service to the world. (See 1 Corinthians 12:12-27)
In your study of God's Word, you read this verse: "Let us consider how we can stir up one another to love. Let us help one another to do good works. And let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us encourage one another with words of hope. Let us do this even more as you see Christ’s return approaching." (Hebrews 10:24-25 NIRV)
Some of our brothers and sisters in Christ are home-bound due to age, health problems, or disability. We also need them and they need us. If they are not able to come out to our place of fellowship, it is our responsibility to bring our fellowship to them, so we all can stay connected together as Christ's body.
Remember the illustration of a burning coal, when separated from the fire, becomes dark and cold. But when that coal is put back in the fire, it burns brightly again, adding light and heat to the other coals around it -- just as we help other believers and they help us burn brightly for Christ.
Regarding your TV preachers -- Please be very careful! Many of them twist the Bible to teach things that disagree with all that God tells us in the Bible. When you learn God's Word for yourself, you are better able to see the difference between truth and error.