One of the foremost concerns of my heart for the past few weeks has been the health of the church. I do not just mean the Dresden Road Baptist Church. Attending church is an integral part of Christian living. A lot of people wish to “do church at home” or feel they can gain just as much by watching online preachers and listening to podcasts. While those things, when Scripturally-based and doctrinally-sound, can certainly be helpful, attending church is important to aid you in the battle that is going on as we speak.

If you truly call yourself a Christian, let there be no mistake about it, you will be under attack. In John 10:10, Jesus tells us that The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. Jesus then goes on to state that He came so that we may have life and have it abundantly. Truly think about that for a moment. Satan has the purpose of destroying your life. Christ came to this Earth so as to save you. And while Satan does not possess the power that our Almighty Savior does, he is not without influence over us. We see this in terms of the sinful nature of our flesh. We see this as people, even faithful Christians, fall repeatedly into the same sins. Battling Satan is not something you want to do alone.

A body of believers gathering together in prayer for one another, singing praises to the Lord, and living life with one another yields tremendous power in the spiritual battle that is taking place. Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us : And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. A church family has the task of lifting each other up in prayer, confessing sins to one another to increase our spiritual accountability, and providing a sense of encouragement. A church family reminds you that the battle you face and the war waged against you is not fought alone. Faith-based believers in Jesus Christ, your church family, is there to fight the battle with you.

 

God Bless you all and the churches of this community

 

Pastor Jeremy