Why Go To Church
First of all, because the Lord commands it and there is great blessing in obeying Him.Hebrews 10:23-25: Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 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.
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith . . . How do we do that? By considering others, by provoking them to love and to good works, by assembling together with them and exhorting them. We cannot do any of those things if we forsake church. We cannot do those things out in the woods alone or on the golf course or in your bedroom. If you are forsaking the assembling together, you are not the recipient of the blessings of being provoked unto love and good works and you are not the recipient of the exhortation.
That word forsake is a powerful word. It means to leave behind or to desert. You might say you just want to sleep in instead of going to church. You are kidding yourself. You are deserting the place where God wants you.Ephesians 4:11-12: And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Edifying means complete furnishing. If you are deserting the assembling together, you are not being perfected, you are not being ministered to and you are not being completely furnished unto all good works and you are NOT the mature Christian God wants you to be.2 Timothy 3:16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
1 Peter 2:2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
We all learn the Bible better when we are studying it and teaching it to others. Two heads are better than one. You will get more of the sincere milk of the word from other believers than you will ever be able find on your own. Church is where that happens.Matthew 18:20: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Do you want to be in that kind of company or not?
If you do not attend a good Bible preaching church regularly, I challenge you to find one benefit or blessing in the Bible that comes to those that forsake the assembling together and tell me what it is.
If you attend a church that is unbiblical find one that is Biblical.
A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.
I*ve gone for 30 years now, he wrote, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can*t remember a single one of them. So, I think I*m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.
This started a real controversy in the Letters to the Editor column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
I*ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this. They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!
When you are DOWN to nothing . . . God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!