Why Go to Church?

Be motivated. The best reason to go to church is because you love God. Those who love God keep the commands and words of Christ (John 14:21, 23-24, 1 John 5:3, 2 John 6). Jesus said, “One that has My commands, and keeps them, it is this one that loves Me: and one that loves Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love that person, and will show Myself unto Him” (John 14:21). Jesus also said, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20). The Scriptures describe this meetings as “in the name of our Lord Jesus, you all being gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus,” (1 Cor. 5:4). The Scriptures also teach, “let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works; not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but urging one another; and so much the more, as you all see the day drawing near” (Heb. 10:24-25). Acts 20:7 defines the first day of the week as the day that the disciples always assembled together, “And upon the first day of the week of having been assembling together of the disciples to break bread”.

“I Don’t Go Because of Hypocrites.”

I don’t go to church because of hypocrites too. I go for Christ. Christ is where two or three are gathered together in His name (Matt. 18:20). Christ praises God in church, the Assembly (Heb. 2:12). You should be there.

“My Beliefs are Different than the Churches.”

Beliefs are only going to be the similar when you submit to the same true of source of authority in beliefs and practices. What is the one source of beliefs that you can solely trust: church leaders, church creeds, your feelings, your reasoning, a voice claiming to be God, feelings that may be from the “Holy Spirit”, or the words of Jesus Christ?

Just give me the words of Christ. Why follow anything else? Christ’s words will judge the world on the last day (John 12:47-48), and only His words are spirit and life (John 6:63). Jesus gave these words to His Apostles who wrote them in the Bible and His words will never pass away (John 15:20, 17:8, Matt. 24:35). The Bible is written so that you can know that you have eternal life and so that you can be complete and equipped to do every good work (1 John 5:13, 2 Tim. 3:16-17).

“The Assembly is Boring and Not Fulfilling.”

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary describes “Boredom” as “the state of being weary and restless through lack of interest“. If you take interest in the Assembly, then you will overcome boredom. The Assembly in the Scriptures consisted of the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:20, 33), singing (1 Cor. 14:15), praying (1 Cor. 14:15), teaching (1 Cor. 4:17), and a collection (1 Cor. 16:1-2). If we take interest in these things established in the Scriptures and assemble in an assembly with these acts of worship, then we should not be bored, but have minds and hearts entertained in Scriptural worship and assembly. Hearing the same thing taught over and over again can bore too, so think on how you would present the lesson in a sermon, class, or general discussion with someone and look up each and every Scripture for greater insight. Pay attention to the nouns, the actions, and the words that describe the nouns and verbs. Ask the preacher to preach on a very specific subject from the Bible. If you are still not fulfilled and edified, then seek a change of congregation or teaching.

About Scott J Shifferd

Minister, church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL. Husband and father of four. Email: ScottJon82[at]yahoo.com
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