Does The Church Exist To Meet My Needs?

In my study this week, I spent some time in Hebrews 10.  A familiar part of this chapter that I’ve read many times says:  “And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,  not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.  (Heb. 10:24-25 NASB) 

I read a couple of commentaries related to the passage and Warren Wiersbe who is a great theologian, author and Bible teacher said this about these verses: ”…the emphasis here is not on what a believer gets from the assembly, but rather on what he can contribute to the assembly.”

Think about it!  What’s your (our) responsibility to the church?

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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2 Responses to Does The Church Exist To Meet My Needs?

  1. Lisa Kaker says:

    John & I are praying for GFC as well as for you, your health, & leadership. We are not aware of anything in particular, but sense there is much war in the heavenlies @ this time.
    It is a vulnerable time as this is the exact time of year the big blow up happened in Brigeport & we moved to Paradise. That was several years ago I know, but things rear thier ugly heads @ any oppertunity.
    Regardless, we love you & Janet & thank God for sending you here.
    Be blessed as you are a blessing!
    John & Lisa

  2. My responsibility to the church is to show up, pour into people before the assembly, listen and learn, allowing the Holy Spirit to work on my heart, then outflow the love and lessons I just learned. I should always leave better than when I came and make sure those around me feel the same. 😀 also, my responsibility is to get involved and respond appropriately when I feel lead to participate, volunteer, or lead in activities at the church.

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