Day 16 – Teen Devotion: Your Local Church

The Bible’s timeline for sanctification is from new birth (regeneration) to new body (glorification), and the primary contexts for this sanctification are the family and local church.

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If you want to experience daily change, several factors must be in play. I’m going to share three of those things, which is not an exhaustive list.

  1. The first is that you must have a high view of the local church. Do you have affection for your local body of Christ?
  2. Your church must provide methodologies and practices that help you change. Do they provide these things?
  3. You must always be working within your community of friends. Are you doing your part to change?

Sustained change does happen at a point in time. You may change in a moment, but ongoing change requires contexts and community over an extended period. If you want to experience continuous change, you must be involved in a biblical community.

If your church is not able to provide you a practical, transformative community, you have two options: (1) change your church or (2) find a church that knows how to help you.

Do not become a silo Christian who detaches from the community life that the church offers. Don’t fall for the cyber-community temptation. Real relationships in real-world contexts are the two things you need to mature in Christ.

Time to Reflect

  1. Is your church the right disciple-making context for you?
  2. If not, how can you help your church become a disciple-making community?
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