Do you at­tend church reg­u­larly?

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tell us, as Chris­tians, to be in church. The Bi­ble warns us not to for­sake the as­sem­bling of our­selves to­gether. Surely God meant this, at least sec­on­dar­ily, for our ben­e­fit. Be­com­ing a Chris­tian does not re­quire be­ing in church; how­ever, there are many rea­sons why a Chris­tian that has the abil­ity to be in church should be there. Let’s look at a few of th­ese…

First of all, a church fam­ily will help you to fo­cus on God. Times sure have changed, even since I was a child. There are many more things in our lives now that de­mand our fo­cus. Although some of th­ese things that con­sume our time are great things, they can keep us from the best things that God has in store for us.

Sec­ondly, a church fam­ily will help you face your prob­lems. One of my fa­vorite pas­sages is Luke 22: 31,32; where Je­sus told Peter that Satan had asked to sift him as wheat. Je­sus said, “but I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have re­turned to Me, strengthen your brethren.“It’s a bless­ing to know that God would use us to strengthen and help oth­ers face their prob­lems in life. I have def­i­nitely been on the re­ceiv­ing end of this more than the giv­ing end.

Thirdly, a church fam­ily will help you grow in your faith. This is ac­com­plished as to­gether you spend time to­gether in Bi­ble study and prayer. But per­haps even more so when we see God re­ward the faith of the church, with un­ex­plain­able bless­ings.

A fourth rea­son you should be should be in church is be­cause a church fam­ily will help you dis­cover mean­ing. This is ac­com­plished by serv­ing oth­ers through the min­istries of the church. If we are go­ing to be fol­low­ers of Christ, we must be­come ser­vants of oth­ers, both inside and out­side the church fam­ily.

Lastly, the church will help you to share the Good News of Christ with your friends. The Apos­tle Luke wrote in the 20th chap­ter of Acts, in verse 24, “But none of th­ese things move me; nor do I count my life dear to my­self, so that I may fin­ish my race with joy, and the min­istry which I re­ceived from the Lord Je­sus, to tes­tify to the gospel of the grace of God.” The goal of ev­ery­thing thing we do should be to share the gospel. Your church should pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for you to learn how to do this ef­fec­tively.

If you are a mem­ber of a lo­cal church, great, take the op­por­tu­nity to be a bless­ing to oth­ers in it. If not, what are you wait­ing for? Pray for God to lead you to the right church home. When He does, you will find the Word of God taught truth­fully and en­tirely, with­out apol­ogy. You’ll find your­self grow­ing, go­ing ( into the com­mu­nity) and glow­ing in Je­sus’ name!! Be blessed.

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