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.
It's wonderful when we can go to church and find social connections and
have a good time.
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.
Church however is more complicated that this.
Here are some other reasons for attending:
Church is sometimes difficult to attend,
- Church provides us a time to be closer to God
- The Bible tells us several times to go to church. Hebrews 10:25; "Let us not give up meeting
- We can "spur one another on toward love and good deeds." Hebrews 10:25
- We can set a good example for other Christians and would be Christians. Many who attend church need
uplifting and encouraging in maintaining faith.
- Sunday is a day of rest. Going to church helps us to obey this commandment.
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.