Gulf Ridge Park Baptist Church
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Have you ever considered exactly why you go to church? I pray it never will become a matter of ‘law’ for you. Today I sat down and came up with ten reasons why I go to church. Your reasons may be some of the same or quite different, but after reading my reasons, I pray you will conclude that being faithful to church this new year will be the best decision you ever made for you and your family.
1) I go to church because I am SAVED. Acts 2:47 “…And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Notice when someone is saved, God places them into a fellowship of believers (church). It is spiritually natural for God’s people to want to be with others who are liked minded in faith as they are.
2) I am hungry to learn more about Jesus and what the Bible teaches. You might say, well you’re the ‘preacher’….so? I might preach the word, but I must study and prepare to do that. So, every child of God should have a desire to learn more about their Savior. A newborn baby would be considered sickly if it had no desire to drink mother’s milk; so God’s children are sickly if they have no desire for God’s Word, 1 Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby.” We cannot and will not grow in the Lord apart from His Holy Word.
3) I enjoy Christian fellowship. Acts 2:42 “And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship…” I have often said, my church family is as much a part of me as my natural family, in many ways even more because we share a spiritual connection in Christ, not just a kin relationship.
4) I get refreshingly, recharged after spending a week in the world’s grinder. The Bible says John 15:3, “You are clean through the Word”. I share with my church family my ills and challenges and they pray for me. As they share with me their issues and struggles I pray for them. When God answers our prayers we both rejoice.
5) I know I am loved and accepted. Now that may not always be from other believers, but I refer to the truth in Christ I that am always loved and accepted. Ephesians 1:6. Let’s face it, when believers get out of fellowship with the Lord, it will usually reflect in our fellowship with God’s family. However for the most part, God’s people love and accept others because they also know the truth about themselves.
6) I am able to use my Spiritual gifts for God’s glory and for the good of others. God gives His gifts to us in order to make us a blessing to others. As a child of the King, you will want to be a blessing to others by using your gifts.
7) I visibly see God change lives. I would say this is one of the most important reasons for me because it encourages me forward in the work. When we pray and see God’s hand on someone and see the changes He makes for the better in other’s lives, it causes us(me) to continue to be steadfast for Him.
8) Going to church helps to strengthen my faith. I am able to go in His Word and fellowship. I see God working corporately among the church body for His glory. Granted we may not always see momentous things happen at once, but the day-to-day answers to prayer and changes are also marvelous to see.
9) In church I learn the value of sacrifice. I marvel at the faithfulness of God’s people in their giving. Many folks are on small SSN and pensions, yet by their faithful giving in tithes and offerings the work of the Lord progresses. I also see small acts of kindness all around me. People give ‘out of their abundance’ to meet the need of others, not looking for praise or recognition. All this blesses my heart and strengthens me in the Lord.
Lastly, why do I go to church?
10) Very simply…God said so! Heb 10:25 “Do not forsake the assembling of ourselves together…but so much the more as you see the day approaching.” If you are one of our young couples, to have a Godly marriage and Christian home, you need disciple training to make it happen. It doesn’t happen on its own. Your children will be taught by this wicked world that they don’t need God and the world says you can be something all on your own without the teaching of God’s word or fellowship of any church. Some parents say… “I don’t want to ‘force’ religion on my kids”. Is that sound logic considering that our kids go to school, do their homework, take part in sports or other school activities? Can it be said that is also forcing them to do something they probably would not do unless made to do it?
I’ve noticed that nearly all children love to go to church. It blesses my heart to see them excited and growing in the Lord. I am equally blessed when I see couples learning and actively serving their Lord in church; remember they are the ones who will take the mantle of service and leadership in the future.
To close, why do you go to church?
Maybe I mentioned some of your reasons in this article, and perhaps you have others. The bottom line is …Hope to see you in church this Sunday.