We get asked this question by others, ‘why do you need the church?’ We in turn find ourselves asking the same question. ‘Am I going to mark register? I can just stay at home and read my bible’. However in the grand scheme of things, this could be similarly compared to asking, ‘why do I need my father, my mother, my brother, or my sister?’ Yes, it is similar to asking ‘why do I need my family’. For the family can be described as the nucleus of the church, from a human perspective at least, and the church is GOD’s family.
The importance of the family cannot be overemphasised. Our parents are there to love us, provide for us, encourage us and teach us the right values so we can face the challenges of life. In that same way the church helps us to face the challenges and temptations of Christian life. And the same way love binds everything together in the family so also in the church, love creates the bonds of unity.
‘None of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ (the church) and individual members of it’.
But as one family in Christ, we are unified not just by love;
We are unified by a strong belief in the doctrines of our church based on our spiritual conviction rather than proof, which is our faith received through the apostles. We share the same faith, and why is faith important? It takes faith to even believe in Christ. It takes faith to believe that what God says is always right and true, and it takes faith to trust and dwell in that each day. This faith we share unifies us. And we should share this faith to bring others to Christ and to the church.
As part of Gods family we also partake in the common celebration of divine worship especially of the sacraments by which we express our love, devotion and adoration to God.
And finally, just as we are able to trace our heritage and family history through family trees, the same way we can trace the apostolic succession through the sacrament of holy orders, maintaining the fraternal harmony of God’s family (the church).