The body of Christ can’t be a body if we’re not meeting, worshiping and ministering together.
It doesn’t matter if we meet in a church building, a house or a coffee shop. But it does matter that we meet to worship Jesus together.
None of us is strong enough to do this on our own. That’s why, when the early church worshiped and ministered, the smallest unit they ever had was two people. Usually more.
Over two decades ago, Thomas Peters, who wrote the ground-breaking business book, In Search of Excellence, told business executives about the importance of flesh-and-blood meetings when he advised them to “fly across the country for a five-minute meeting.”
The reason? Being face-to-face matters. If it’s true in business, it’s even more true in church.
There are aspects of how we relate to each other and how we relate to God together that can only happen when I see your face, hug your neck and take notice of the subtle crack in your voice as you try not to cry when I ask how your kids are doing.
There are too many lone wolf Christians and lone wolf pastors out there.
This isn’t healthy, helpful or biblical.
We need Jesus. We need the church. We need each other.
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