5 Reasons To Go To Church

DownloadedFileThere is a disturbing trend I am noticing in churches. Maybe it is more in larger, contemporary churches than smaller, traditional churches. But since the majority of all churchgoers now attend larger churches this is of real concern. The trend is the decline in percentage attendance. In other words there are less people attending each church service in comparison with the number of people who call the church their home. For years a good percentage would be around 75%. Three out of every four people would be in church on any given Sunday. Now that number may well be 50% or even worse. Regular church attendance is extremely valuable, is very important and should be practiced by anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ. A Christ-follower needs to regularly attend church. Not counting the times that you might miss for vacation or sickness or a particular work commitment you should be in church.

Church is not something that you do individually it is something that you do collectively. To be a follower of Christ is not just what you do by yourself it is what you do together with other people. We are what the Bible calls the “family of God.” A family is by its very nature inter-dependent. What it means to be a part of a local church is that you’re inter-dependent with other people in your church. There are strong reasons why you should come to church regularly.

It Is What Jesus Did

Luke 14:6 says, “Jesus went back to Nazareth, where he’d been brought up and as usual he went to the meeting place on the Sabbath.” The Bible tells us that “as usual” or another translation of the Bible says “as was His custom” Jesus went to the place of worship. This is in keeping with obeying one of the Ten Commandments which is, “Observe the Sabbath by keeping it holy.” When we say we are followers of Christ, we’re supposed to do what Jesus has done. What would Jesus do? Jesus would go to church and we as followers of Christ should do the same. If we take seriously our followership of Christ, then we should go to church regularly.

It Is a Good Habit

Hebrews 10:25 says, “Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship. But we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer.” The Bible says to us there is a good habit of regularly going to church. Most of the time when we think of habits we think bad habits but there are good habits. Some have developed the bad habit of missing church. Maybe you’ve gotten out of the habit or maybe you have yet to develop the habit of regular church attendance. Sunday morning offers a lot of options. It offers the sleep in option, it offers a brunch option, it offers the read the Sunday paper option, and it offers all kinds of options having to do with recreation. Good habits bless your life and produce positive results. When you practice the good habit of regular church attendance you reap some very good outcomes.

It Is a Positive Example

Going to church is a positive example. When you go each Sunday, you’re setting an example. You are setting an example that other people notice. It is an example that becomes an inspiration for others. People who are trying to make their lives better, people who want a positive change are going to be impacted by an example of someone who is committed to regular church attendance. For those of you who are married, it’s a positive example to your spouse. For those of you that have children, it’s an absolutely positive example for your kids to know that on Sunday you go to church. For the people around you, whether it’s your friends or your co-workers, whether it’s your family, when they see that you have a commitment that is leading you to living a better life – that is a positive example that other people can follow.

It Is Important for Fellowship

Look again at what the Bible says, “Some have gotten out of the habit. We should not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other.” The church is an encouraging place. We all need encouragement. Life is hard. Life is difficult. We all run into various kinds of challenges; health problems, financial issues, conflict within our families. We have an opportunity to encourage one another and that is part of what church is about. Sunday service is where fellowship begins. Being in classes, groups and serving is where you get to know people on a deeper level. But it starts on Sunday; the launching point to fellowship and community is in church services. Every Sunday that you come, there are going to be people who are looking for you, wondering if you’re there. People will miss you. And the longer and more consistently you come, the more you will be missed. Because the more that you are in church, the more you are involved, the more people miss you and notice that you’re not around. It is a marvelous thing to be a part of a local church it is like having a much larger family.

It Is Essential for Growth

It is absolutely essential for spiritual growth to regularly attend church. I have this phrase, “The service you miss is the service you need.” Each service is tailored and designed to maximize your Sunday worship so that you can leave with the best possible spiritual experience. You can praise and worship God and you can learn things that you didn’t know before. You will be challenged. You’re going to be motivated. Church is where you will be inspired to go higher than you’ve gone, to live a life that is godlier and greater than you’ve been living, to sync your life up with Jesus and His purpose and plan for your life. You will come to understand why you’re here on this earth: to serve, to give and to love.

Don’t come occasionally to church. Don’t just come when you feel like it. Make regular church attendance a priority and let it be a good habit that becomes a part of who you are. Nothing does more for your spiritual health than regularly being in church. Being in a church service is irreplaceable. It is a moment in time and once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. There will always be competition for your time and other things that you could do on a Sunday. But these are really good reasons you should regularly attend church.

By: Rick McDaniel

Secret Sin

There is something very wrong with this title.

There is NO such thing as “secret” sin.

Nothing we do is hidden from God.  Nothing at all. The thoughts of our mind and the “content” and  “intent” of our heart are all known by God.

It is my opinion that we often incorrectly believe that we can hide things from God simply because we are able to successfully hide things from one another.  Yes, we can hide our sin and transgressions from others, however, we can never hide from God. I believe it’s possible we don’t actually give God enough credit for being the all knowing God that He is.

We forget that nothing is hidden from him.

We need to continually be “mindful” of God and know that he is “mindful” of us and concerned about our eternal well being.

When we commit sin there are two things we try to hide.

We try to hide the sin we commit and we also try to hide ourselves.  We run from the presence of God.  Instead of running to God, we often run away from God.  When we do this we are running from the one who loves us most and we’re running in the wrong direction. We are running from the only one who can help us.  Thankfully, God is very good at hide and seek.  He knows every one of our “not so secret”  hiding places.

If I go up to the Heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths (hell) you are there.         Psalm 139:8

By: Pam Bonner-Kacys

Jelly Bean Story

Wisdom from Christian Fellowship Church - CFCThere was once a little boy who was visiting his grandfather.  There was a HUGE jar of brightly colored jelly beans on the counter. The little boy asked if he could have some.  The boys grandfather said “YES you may.”  He told his grandson to take whatever amount he wanted from the jar.  The little boy said, “NO, please give them to me grandpa.”  The grandfather was curious and asked his grandson why he wanted him to get them for him.  The little boy replied “because YOUR hands are bigger than mine.”  What a wise young man. He realized that the hands of his loving grandfather were bigger than his own hands.

This simple little story contains a powerful spiritual lesson.  When we “take” for ourselves we always wind up with much less in the end.  It is always best to allow God to provide the blessings we need by his own hand.  HIS hands are bigger than ours.  God, who is our father, knows how to give the sweetest blessings at just the right time.  He will not withhold any good thing that we need or desire.  We should never try to “take” anything from God but instead joyfully “receive” our blessings from him.  God loves to bless His own children.  He is not a “deadbeat” dad but an amazing father who delights to bless His children.

Psalm 84:11

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

By: Pam Bonner-Kacys