Grew up in church, ran away from church, bounced between going and not going, immersed in church, gradually fell away to not going (again)…. it’s so EASY to sleep in on Sunday mornings, and there are other things going on Saturday nights. Nevertheless,
“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:1-6 NIV
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” – 1 Corinthians 12:27 NIV
The LORD never intended us to be on our own with no support. As our bodies are dependent on each part, so the church is dependent on each part. The CHURCH is not a building or gathering place, but it is the individual Christians who make up the body. At any given place, the church may be 2 people, or 10,000 people. As long as we are gathered to worship our LORD, we are in church because we are the Church.
“For where two or three gather in My Name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:20 NIV
It concerns me more than I can put into words at the divisiveness of the Church, the body of Christ. From the beginning if history with Adam and Eve, to the life and times of Jesus, to the current day, we have divided ourselves by beliefs and customs. I expect to see violence from people who don’t have Christ, but certainly not from Christians. I’m not espousing Baptist or Catholic or Church of Christ, Methodist or Lutheran or Episcopalian. I am, however, pursuing the church of the Body of Christ, non-judgmental and welcoming.
Why Church? Because on our own, we slip and fall and don’t have anyone to help us up. Because on our own, we have no one to keep us accountable. And because on our own, we have no one to fellowship and worship with. It is a mind-numbing separation from fellow believers, and ultimately separation from our LORD. We NEED fellowship and worship, because without it, our souls shrivel. God designed us with a God-shaped hole in our hearts that can only be filled with worship of Him and fellowship with other like-minded people.
I confess that I have fallen away from attending church. It’s difficult for me to get up and go alone. I imagine it is difficult for most people to get up and go by themselves, especially when a spouse or other significant person shows no enthusiasm or desire to accompany them.
Why Church? Why NOT Church?
If you have a church you love, give thanks! If you are currently unchurched, pray, and give thanks for the opportunity to find your new home in the Body. The way to get through the hurt is to make peace with the LORD through worship and fellowship with other believers.
(Scriptures from http://bible.com/111/NIV)