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Why go to church?

Why go to church?
This entry is part 16 of 21 in the series Christianity

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

Psalm 27:1-14
Psalm 108:1-6

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.

Matthew 25:31-46

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

Prayer-

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

HEAL THEIR LAND – Boy, can our land use healing!

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

WWJD?

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. ~Ephesians 4:11-16

Directions from God. We are supposed to obey Him.
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Go to church and be blessed!
Solid Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar
Award Winning Christian Author
If you want to see how going to church in the first century was like, read my novel: Deo Volente! (God Willing): Love in the First Century
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Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian

Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian
This entry is part 10 of 21 in the series Christianity

I love Joyce Meyer – she tells it like it is and she’s not ashamed to say it.

“Sitting in church each Sunday doesn’t make you a Christian just like sitting in your garage doesn’t make you a car.” ~ Joyce Meyer (paraphrased)

I couldn’t have said it any clearer. It’s belief in Christ that makes you a Christian and what you do with your life after you become a believer.

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”~Acts 2:38-40

Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites because they claimed to be religious yet they didn’t show it in their daily lives. (Matthew 23:13-33)

Aren’t Christians seen as hypocrites today? Yes. And I’ve met some in my adult life. I knew a man who went to church regularly and volunteered to help and fix things, but he’d talk behind people’s back (gossip).

There was a devout lady who would openly judge other people. And then there are those who would walk by someone who needs help ignoring the person. Oh, we (and I include myself) do that every day.

You must step back and say to yourself, “Am I really a Christian?” If you have doubts, you need to pray this prayer wholeheartedly and sincerely and solidify your relationship with Jesus Christ:

Lord Jesus, I need You to guide my life. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Lord and Savior. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.

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God Bless,
Giselle Aguiar
Soli Deo Gloria
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