On Sunday I concluded my sermon with this illustration by Charles Spurgeon. He challenges professing believers who think it's OK to be a Christian without giving one's self to the church. He calls them a "rolling-stone Christians." Enjoy and be challenge (Spurgeon knows how to speak with wit and piercing conviction):
I know there are some who say, “Well, I have given myself to the Lord, but I do not intend to give myself to the church.”
Now why not?
“Because I can be a Christian without it.”
Are you quite clear about that? You can be as good a Christian by disobedience to your Lord’s commands as by being obedient?
What is a brick made for? To help build a house. It is of no use for that brick to tell you that it is just as good a brick while it is kicking about on the ground as it would be in the house. It is a good-for-nothing-brick.
So you rolling-stone Christians. I do not believe that you are answering your purpose. You are living contrary to the life which Christ would have you live, and you are much to blame for the injury you do.