Why Church? For Accountability (Matthew 18:15-21)

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Why would people want to avoid commitment? People do not want to make commitments because there consequences for breaking them. They want to be able to do what they please and not be held accountable.
God created us to exist in committed relationships. Even before the fall, God said, “It is not good that man should be alone.” So God made Eve, brought her to Adam, and they entered into a committed relationship. God soon instituted human government as another form of committed relationship that provides accountability. We are bound to obey the laws of the land or face the consequences.
Accountability was also one of the reasons that Jesus instituted the church. Church is more than a place to gather, fellowship, be taught the Bible, and worship God corporately. The church exists to hold us accountable for what we believe and how we behave. Many people today miss out on this vital purpose of the church.
In Matthew 18:15-20, Jesus taught His disciples about this necessary role of the church in providing accountability. The local church has a role in holding individual Christian’s accountable when they err in belief or behavior. Accountability takes place on a smaller scale as we regularly participate in the life of the church.
You need accountability to help you live how God wants you to live. The church, when operating according to God’s Word, provides that accountability. Therefore, you should want to be an active member of the church and benefit from the accountability that it provides.