Do you belong to the team?

What does it mean to be part of the team?

You may have noticed that in Bendigo it can be common to meet people who say, “I’m a Christian, but I don’t belong to church.” Now in a way, I get that. I understand that people can be hurt by church, it’s not surprising since church is full of people who sin. Yet in another sense, it’s sad to see not just hurt but an attitude to Jesus’ body of disdain so as to keep it at a distance.

For a Christian to hold this view is like someone saying, “I’m a footy player, but I don’t belong to a team, I don’t go to training and I don’t actually play.” There’s something missing for a Christian when we don’t belong to a church. Christianity is deeply communal, we are built for belonging.

This autumn Reforming Church is hosting a discipleship series in the book of Philippians, a letter from the apostle Paul to a church where he shows what it means to be part of the team. Christ’s team is His church. It revolves around a partnership in the gospel, a kind of love in the midst of hurt that says, “I know the your sins and hurt, but I’m staying.”

It’s the kind of belonging you perhaps have been longing for, and Jesus shows you in His word how wonderful it is in Philippians 1:1-11. Do you know what it means to belong to the team?