“Going to Church” today is a good thing. Just remember that you are the church; therefore the question is: Are you having church at home? When we worship, study the Scripture, pray and intercede for others at home, we make “Going to Church” real. Your personal relationship with God and your “Home Church” it is the foundation of knowing Jesus in an intimate way. If you are just staying home with the family, even as you do your personal and family devotions, but are not in fellowship with other brothers and sisters, you are lacking. If you are “Going to Church” but have no personal relationship with Jesus and no family time with HIM, you are lacking even more.
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You are right! Either way we are found lacking. Because sin begins the moment we attempt to become autonomous as if we could live apart from God, the very founding of our being. Moreover, people really need each other. The world over, people gather for protection and meaning. We all need to belong. Even atheist need to gather in an attempt to survive.
So, we need each other and we need God, but what about the church? Some of my relatives hang out at the church occasionally, on Christmas and Easter. They sometimes ask me, “Must I belong to a church to be a Christian?” I ask, “Why did you marry your spouse? Why don’t you simply cohabitate?” With near offense they reply, “We need the commitment.” My next question, “Why would it be any different with the church?” If you live in the inner city and you’re under twenty-five, you join a gang. Why? Because that is the only way to stay alive. To survive on the streets of any major city, you’ve got to have someone to watch your back. Now that is what the church is really all about — having someone who knows you by name to watch your back by being there when you need him and praying for you every day, by name.
Faith is not only an individual affair, it is a community affair. Watch what can happen when people come together in worship. Vital community is what the church is all about. No wonder the writer of Hebrews exhorts: “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb 10:25).
The church needs to step up and show real people there is a real God. For the church will attract the lost to the precise degree that it models community. And why not, people thrive only in community.
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