Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:25
There so many people who don't want to go to church. They just fuss and complain. Could it be because they are in church with the chosen frozen? What everyone needs is the experience of attending a church that believes in "having church ". ("Having church " means that we are gonna be there for awhile.)
On a recent church trip to Uganda, we found that the Ugandan people do not mind "having church ." In fact, they had church from 8am-8pm. And, their night services were just as lengthy. They counted "having church" the way we count going to work. They valued the experience and surely will receive the spiritual rewards.
It seems when thepresenceof the Lord is in the place, you don't mind being there with Him. In the 80's and 90's there were multitudes of conferences held in various states. There was always a three-day conference or week-long campmeeting. Many of these held from 6:30pm until 3am. The people never paid attention to the time because the presence of the Lord was in the place.
True enough, different denominations do things differently, but if you ever have an opportunity to get in a service with radical, hollering, dancing, and praising believers, you should take advantage of it. You too will forget the time and just enjoy "churching".
Here are a few impromptu reasons you should go to church. If you can think of others, please make a comment and let us know what they are.
- To obey the Word of God - The Bible tells us to come together so that we can exhort or encourage one another unto love and good works. In Hebrews 10:25 it suggests the importance of this fellowship because the return of the Lord is at hand.
- To learn the Word of God - Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the Lord has given us Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers whose job it is to mature the believers so they can actively work ministry.
- To receive revelation from the Word of God - Although our relationship with God is personal, as we assemble in church, the Lord meets us there and reveals His Word to us through the leaders.
- To have our lives changed through the Word of God - Romans 12:2 He has provided the Body of Christ with the ability to change our minds and as a result, our lives through the teachings in His Word.
- To receive correction from the Word of God - Galatians 6:1 We are our brothers keepers. When we see a brother overtaken in a fault, we are not to turn away from them, but to give them the Word of God so that conviction and change can come to the brother.
- To receive guidance from the Word of God - Proverbs 3:6 In church you receive the strength to trust God and when you trust God, He will direct your path.
- To fellowship with your new family - 1 Corinthians 12:27 We are the body of Christ, one family, one group. Church fellowship brings us together to bond with one another and grow with one another.
- To practice walking in God's love - 1 Corinthians 13 all - The church is full of "x's", x-drug addicts, x-thieves, x-abusers, etc. There will be many situations for conflict, arguments and confusion. Dealing with these issues give believers the opportunity to practice their love walk.
- To train our children in righteousness - Proverbs 22:6 It is in church where the training that we give our children is reinforced.
- To corporately enjoy the presence of God - Matthew 18:19, When we go to church, we experience the presence of God as a unit.
Where Do You Stand?
Leslie A. Shields (author) from Georgia on September 01, 2011:
Sometimes church is the only balanced place in or entire existence. We can anchor our moral and spiritual in the foundation of the church....
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Anthea Kwaw from United Kingdom on August 31, 2011:
I have always used the term going to church. I see it as a way to join with others outside my immediate home environment to share our common love of worship, song and praise to God. I enjoy going to church. Sometimes I attend out of habit, but I have always believed that attending church helps to keep God close and also reminds me of the need to keep in touch with God. Enjoyed this hub very much. Thanks.
sherrylou57 from Riverside on December 20, 2010:
When our church meets, we are the church, the people, we are the body of Christ! When we meet, we pray, we worship, the children are in the building with us, then we give our tithes and offerings and then the children are being released to their classes and then we hear the sermon and when that is over we serve coffee and donuts and fruit and we have fellowship. It is not always like that we allow the Holy Spirit to have His way with us.
Leslie A. Shields (author) from Georgia on November 03, 2010:
Thanks for your comment Treasure,
"Going to chhurch" for me directly refers to, "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.." Hebrews 10:24-25
Sima Ballinger from Michigan on November 03, 2010:
"Going to church", has always been the term used when people go somewhere once a week, particularly on Sundays, to hear preaching, singing, and fellowingshipping with other believers. I don't know if we can correct this historical term, "Going to church". I like to refer to this term as, "going to fellowship" or "going to meet with other believers". What do you think? Know this, I do enjoy good preaching, teaching of the Word of God and fellowship with other saints. I think the greatest drawback of staying at home and not going to fellowship is: 1) no physical connection with other believers and 2) no opportunity to witness firsthand what God is doing collectively and 3) no opportunity to contribute physically to the fellowship. I will write a hub on this topic. Thanks for your points made.
Leslie A. Shields (author) from Georgia on October 13, 2010:
Thanks for the comment..
I agree, care should be taken regarding home churches.Many home churches are developed out of a heart of rebellion, and when that happens, it "messes" folks up.
hanging out on October 13, 2010:
I actually believe in one church building. Home churches can and often do go awry. They can also become a 'clique' (a group of familiar people always meeting together with few outsiders venturing in) The church invites new people into the congregation and having one leader in a church, keeps the power hungry and proud in check. I love my church, pentecostal, mostly old people, lol... but nice as sweet can be, wouldn't have met them otherwise.
Leslie A. Shields (author) from Georgia on September 21, 2010:
Hello Bro Dave,
The building is not significant. Where ever believers gather can be considered their "church location". Traditionally, we usually meet in a building.
If that location changes 20 times in one month, so be it. The church is the gathering together of Gods people for the express purpose to worship and learn of Him.
Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on September 21, 2010:
I'm not sure if we are on the same page here so to speak. For me in my Christian life, The Christian people whom I congregate with on Sunday to worship are "The Church of Christ" not some building that we congregate in. Each one of us is a Holy House for God to abide in, our body is a temple to our God.