I come across many people that say they love God but do not see why church is necessary. Some of this is caused by the fact that the church has not done a very good job of communicating why they are relevant and important in the life of a Christian.
Some of it is caused by the people in church doing things that were not the best for the people attending that church.
Part of it is caused by people not being surrendered in their life to God's will for them.
Whatever the reason, they are forgetting that there are some very good reasons why we should go to church.
Before I get started, let me define what I mean by church. I am not talking about a denomination or a building. I am talking about the biblical definition of a church which is a gathering of believers together for worship, instruction, fellowship and prayer.
Just going to a church building no more makes you a Christian than going to McDonald's makes you a Big Mac.
There are healthy reasons why believers in Jesus should go to church and their are unhealthy reasons as well.
Recently I read a blog post on a church website that was filled with many unhealthy reasons. so I want to cover both reasons.
You see, I believe that promoting unhealthy reasons is part of the problem of why some people do not go to church. They may not be able to put a finger on it, but they can tell that it is wrong some how and it solidifies their resistance to church attendance for any reason.
Those are just some of the reasons why you should go to church. Now compare that list to this email that was sent to me and see if you can notice the difference.
Many people have an excuse for not attending church services each week. If you were to take those excuses and apply them to other things we do (for example -- eating), those excuses might look like this:
10. I was forced to eat as a child.
9. People who eat all the time are hypocrites; they aren't really hungry.
8. There are so many different kinds of food, I can't decide what to eat.
7. I used to eat, but I got bored and stopped.
6. I only eat on special occasions, like Christmas and Easter.
5. None of my friends will eat with me.
4. I'll start eating when I get older.
3. I don't really have time to eat.
2. I don't believe that eating does anybody any good. It's just a crutch. and the # 1 excuse for not eating.......
1. Restaurants and grocery stores are only after your money.
Now do you see why maybe those excuses are pretty lame? So what do you think? Does Jesus want you to go to a healthy church for healthy reasons?
Remember Jesus is the one who founded "the church." Not only did He found it, but He said he would "build it."
Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.
Pastor Duke Taber is the Senior Pastor at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca. He is an alumnus from Life Pacific College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.
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