In Titus 1:5, the apostle Paul told Titus, “For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:” Paul was referring to the organization of local assemblies of believers and the establishing of individual local church. Just how important is the local church to God’s plan for saving the lost and making disciples? It is not an exaggeration to say that it is indispensable to God’s program for the New Testament age. Unfortunately, it seems that many Christians have a very apathetic attitude toward the local church. They believe that they can worship God and walk with God without the help of a church and therefore it is not crucial to be a faithful member of a local body of believers. That thinking is one of Satan’s deceptions that is designed to short circuit God’s design for the Christian life. God established the local church for good reasons. It is God’s will that every believer is a member of a local church. It is non-negotiable. Disconnecting yourself from this part of God’s plan by not being a faithful member of a local church is the spiritual equivalent of cutting your arm off. You are severing yourself from the body of Christ that is the local church. The church was important enough for God to establish it, for Christ to die for it, and for it to be called His bride. If the local church is that important to God, then it should be important to us too.