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Why go to Church
"for where two or three are gathered in my name,
there am I among them." Matthew 18:20.

There are reasons for us to attend church.

Often I talk to people who have no idea of what God's presence is all about.

They are often careful to not think about God at all because they are afraid of getting caught up in a scam or be involved in using a crutch to support them in life. This crutch idea seems to fuel their disbelief and their unwillingness to consider the facts.

There is a significant closing line in the book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi who converted to Christianity after growing up Muslim. His initial experience of this conversion was one of stress and suffering as he coped with his family and friends. He closes his book with the line, "All suffering is worth it to follow Jesus. He is that amazing."

Unlike what many think, Qureshi understands that Jesus is not some absentee landlord. He is our Lord and God, he is real and he is Here right now in us and with us. He is the real thing. He is our friend who can make things happen.
It's wonderful when we can go to church and find social connections and have a good time. Church however is more complicated that this. Here are some other reasons for attending:
Church is sometimes difficult to attend, because of comfort levels and personalities. Focusing on the reasons above may help us overcome personal resistance. When at a new church, think of your fellow church goers as neighbors. We can be a good neighbor without over extending our friendship and trust, keeping in mind our main purpose for being there.

The following section provides historical reasons for going to church.

Who are You, who am I?

We like to think of ourselves as strong, independent and popular. To manage this we often stay away from God, church and Jesus Christ. We ignore the Bible because it's a part of this. In doing so we also ignore the reality that a mere 2000 years ago Jesus was here on earth. At that time he often performed miracles witnessed by thousands. Over and over again he did this.

Where is Jesus from?

His arrival and presence was not a surprise to those who had a familiarity with scripture. The following two Bible verses were each written over six hundred years before the birth of Jesus. In the book of Isaiah, 11:1, Isaiah says that, "a shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse. . . the spirit of the Lord will rest on him." This is followed in Jeremiah 23:5, "the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a King shall reign and prosper and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth."

Where is Jesus now?

If you doubt that the Bible is God's letter to us, you do this without consideration of facts. Many have done this including the Jews and Pharisees in the time of the crucifixion. They said, Jesus is a Nazarene, the son of Joseph and Mary, he can't possibly be the son of God. They were willing and able to ignore the miracles Jesus performed including his resurrection from death. Given the records of these events, it appears to me, beyond any doubt, that Jesus is the son of God. As such he is part of the Holy Trinity and he is with us always. God is our strength and we reach Him through our belief in Jesus Christ. (John 14:6)