1 Corinthians 12:27 (NIV)
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
No book in the world emphasizes teamwork more than the Bible. And no passage in the Bible emphasizes teamwork more than 1 Corinthians 12:12-27.
As Paul says to the Christians in Corinth, "you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it" (v27). Don't ever buy into the lie that you can be a Christian without being connected to other Christians. That's like a hand expecting it can survive on its own without being connected to the rest of the body. In the same way, if you were to say "I don't need to go to church" or "My relationship with God is just a me and God thing so I don't need anyone else", eventually your life in Christ will shrivel up and die.
The fact is: we need each other. We can't survive without one another. We're a family. And just like any family, there will be times when we rub each other the wrong way, get on each other's nerves, step on each other's toes, and even hurt each other badly. That's because we're human and as long as we live in this broken world, we will still be affected in some way by our own sin and immaturity. But never let that be the reason for leaving the body of Christ. You weren't perfect, yet God loved and accepted you. So who are you to insist that others need to treat you perfectly before you love and accept them? Let's stick together in unity, focus on the good, and never lose sight of the mission God has given us to reach our city for Jesus.
Thank You Lord for putting us all together as a church family, one big body of Christ. Thank You for all the ways that the other members of my spiritual family - the other parts of Your body - love me, accept me and put up with me. Though we might not treat each other perfectly all the time, we're still a family and I can't live without my spiritual family. Teach us to extend grace and mercy toward one another, just as You always do for us. And may You use us to reach this world with Your love and to build your glorious church. Thank You, Lord, for my amazing church family! In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN!