Do I Have To Go To Church?

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Sometimes the word church leaves a bad taste in our mouth.  Just thinking of church makes our stomach ache.   The word church for many can be described as boring, weird, controlling, phony, and full of wacky people.

Too many Christians have been hurt by church members and false teachings.  But this is no excuse to not go.   There are so many churches to choose from.

Before entering any church it is important to know what the Bible says first.  Study what the it teaches about Christ and Salvation?  Start with the New Testament and the book of Romans.  One does not have to understand it all.  But one must know it and be able to decide for themselves.

It’s important that we find the church that will help us understand what we have read in the Bible.  Secondly we need to be part of a congregation that encourages the lifestyle that Christ calls us to.

Leaders in churches are teachers.  The best kind of teacher is one who asks you questions and encourages you to read your Bible.   We all are responsible for our own life choices.

I have learned the hard way.  I’ve had several painful experiences and I have had seasons where I didn’t want to go.  I kept going anyway.  I left churches to find the right church.

The biggest reason I have stuck it out is because God desires us to be in fellowship with other believers.  I have learned that church is a place for Christians to give to one another.  When we show up in worship and prayer God’s presence unites us.  We become the body of Christ.   We become strong through the strength and encouragement of one another.

I have discovered that I don’t have to go to work or lead all the time.  I can go and participate silently with others.  I’m moved by watching how God touches others.  I like to hear what others are doing in partnership with God.

People need people.   When we show up, God will use us to bless others.  Even when we think we are a mess up God will use our story to bring hope and healing.  He will use our personality to comfort or bring joy to a broken person.  God has given us gifts and talents to share.

He will use people to speak into our life, direct us to His truth, show us a Godly lifestyle, encourage us to forgive, and give us the gift of grace.

Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, We Must Go To Church!!!!  And I want to see you there!!!

and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds, 25 not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 (AMP)

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