Why if I already believe in Jesus, do I have to go to church?
There are many reasons but the most important are:
Praise and Worship –
I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, O Lord, proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds. I love the house where you live, O Lord, the place where your glory dwells…My feet stand on level ground; in the great assembly I will praise the Lord. ~Psalm 26:6-8, 12
Fellowship/Friendship – Fellowship is gathering in a social setting and not discussing church business. Joining a church gives you an automatic church family. Read Benefits of a Church Family.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.~1 John 1:7
2 Corinthians 6:13-15
Comfort and Support – Church is like the locker room before the game. It’s the pep talk that lifts you up before you go out into the world to face another week. Your church family is also there to support you in your time of trial and need. They are they to pray for you.
Service – God calls us to help the less fortunate.
Learning – Sure you can read your Bible at home, but do you really understand it? Attending church, small group Bible studies or seminars help clarify some foggy areas, teach you how to live a life that is pleasing to God.
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4-5
Scripture says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
I’ve often referred to the Church of America as a sleeping giant. It’s time for the Church to arise! Isaiah 60:1-2 says, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.” *Rod Parsley – Breakthrough www.rodparsley.com
Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle is an award-winning writer who’s first novel, Deo Volente! (God Willing): Love in the First Century, The Christian Centuries Series – Book 1 won the Women of Faith Writing Contest. She lives in Phoenix where she works as a freelance social media expert, blogger and is writing the second book in the series, “Follow Me: Love in the Second Century” – an epic adventure of two brothers, descendants of the first novel’s characters, who leave their home in Alexandria, Egypt to help a fledgling church in Spain.