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How to Improve your Spiritual health(Part 4) - Local assembly

How to Improve your Spiritual health- Local assembly

by Toyosi Adegunle and Bibi Babatunde-Ikotun



So we've finally come to the end of the spiritual health series and we hope you've learnt a lot. The last but not the least of the five pillars is your LOCAL ASSEMBLY also known as your local church. I’ve heard many people try to justify not being a part of a local church, and what they mostly tell you is, “as long as I study the Word, pray and commune with God, I’m okay”.

Well, yes, there’s nothing wrong in doing this, I mean, during the COVID lockdown, we were all home, fellowshipping. Many other countries are still unable to gather physically as a local church but they are making it work.

When you think of LOCAL ASSEMBLY, it’s not just about being a church member of a physical church (yes, it is too) but it is mostly about:

  • Being a part of a family
  • Being intentional about fellowshipping with brethren
  • Being submitted to the leadership
  • Being a disciple

Regardless of the pandemic, we all fellowshipped with brethren around us. Imagine if the Church was just about attending a physical space where people gathered every Sunday or during weekly services. It is really more than that.

Hebrews‬ ‭10:25‬ ‭NKJV‬‬  says “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Do not neglect the gathering of believers unto exhortation and growth. You can’t do this life alone, you can’t walk this path alone, you need brothers and sisters to strengthen you, edify you, pray for and with you, you need a spiritual leader who knows and says the mind of God. Fellowship also involves eating together, playing together, gisting and getting to know each other like you'd do with your biological siblings. Please don't let the devil prevent you from enjoying all the benefits of a local assembly.

Ephesians 4:11-12 (NIV) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.

Whatever gifts or talents that you've received from God, also use them to build up your local church. Get involved in the service teams. If what you're gifted is unavailable in your church, you can reach out to your leaders and have a team formed. 

To summarize, don't let anything stop you from getting involved, this includes church hurt. We have the capacity to love and forgive thanks to the Holy Spirit. If you find yourself struggling, ask for help. Help from your community, help from your leaders and most importantly help from God. The church is important, it is part of God's design for your spiritual health. We're not created to do Christianity alone, it's not an isolated faith. We are not alone, we have a family in the body of Christ.

We have treated the five pillars of spiritual growth - PRAYER, WORD, FRIENDS/PEOPLE, CONTENT & LOCAL ASSEMBLY, what is your favourite?

Please share your response with us in the comment section 👍

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  1. I found it difficult picking one as all work together. I will say Friends and people. If you surround yourself with Godly people, their presence will always make you accountable or act as a check in your spirituality. This is the reason behind fellowshiping. Iron sharpens Iron they say

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  2. I found it difficult picking one as all work together. I will say Friends and people. If you surround yourself with Godly people, their presence will always make you accountable or act as a check in your spirituality. This is the reason behind fellowshiping. Iron sharpens Iron they say

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