Priorities for the New Year

If you are saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit, your number one key to spiritual growth, to prosperity, to deliverance, to freedom is getting involved in a local church.  It is that simple, and it is that non-negotiable.

Jesus promised to build His church, and Paul tells us the church is the body of Christ.

Try an experiment today: take one of your big toes and cut it off.  Put it in an envelope and leave it somewhere safe in your house.  Maybe on a window sill.

This time next week, come back and compare the big toe you cut off your body and the big toe that is still attached to the body.  See which one is healthier, see which one is better looking, see which one has more life.

It’s a simple experiment, and it will show you graphically what your life will be attached to a healthy local church, and what your life will be separate from a local church.

If you are still not convinced, repeat experiment with your thumb the following week.

Notice that the body is hurt by cutting bits off, but I don’t reckon that anyone who is not plugged into a local church will actually care about that.  But if you realize how quickly the thumb and toe go rotten, maybe your instinct of self-preservation will get you plugged into a local church.

Next week: what makes for a healthy local church…

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Tree of Life Church

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