Ephesians 2:19-21 "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of
the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief
corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:"
Ephesians 5:23-32 "For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the
saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it
with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or
any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that
loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the
church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother,
and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the
What do you think of when you hear someone say the word "church"? Do you think of a
building with stained glass windows and a steeple where religious people go to worship God on
Sunday? The church is more than just a building. It is more than an organization of charity
and goodwill. The word church comes from a word whose original meaning was simply
assemble. The church is made up of people from all over the world who have surrendered
their lives to God and united together through their faith in Jesus Christ. The church is not
made of wood or bricks or stone, it is made of flesh and blood.
John 2:13-16 "And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that
sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove
them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; And
said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise."
Acts 5:14 & 15 "And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) Insomuch that
they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing
by might overshadow some of them."
When Jesus came to Jerusalem, He found the temple had been turned into a marketplace to sell sacrificial
animals to the people who had made the long journey for the Passover and had not been able to bring
a sacrifice. God's house is a place to worship Him but they had seen a chance to make a profit
and had come to church for the wrong reason.
In Acts chapter 5 the apostles had shown the people many signs and wonders. A great fear had
fallen on all the churches because of Ananias and Sapphira's deaths and verse 14 says a great
multitude of believers, both men and women, were added unto the Lord. Then they started bringing
the sick people out into the streets on their beds and couches so at least just the shadow
of Peter passing over them might heal them. There was even a multitude of people that came out
of the cities all around Jerusalem to be healed.
Sometimes we go to church for the wrong reasons. We may go to fellowship with other believers,
we may go because our parents, spouse or boyfriend goes. Maybe we're sick or dying and we hope
to find healing or comfort at church. Or, maybe what causes us to go is habit or a feeling of
guilt if we don't go! While some of these reasons may not be bad they are not the
right reason to go to church. So why should we go to church?
Hebrews 10:24-25 "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling
of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day
Acts 2:42-47 "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in
prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were
together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had
need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat
with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church
daily such as should be saved."
By meeting together in church with other Christians we can encourage each other. I have
recently been sick and had to miss several church services and I really missed the fellowship
with my brothers and sisters in Christ. I miss the encouragement and just the contact with
other believers I get when I am unable to attend church. Another reason we attend church is for the teaching
we receive. We hear a portion of the Bible taught each Sunday. We need to go to Sunday school,
as well as church. The scripture above mentions breaking bread. We need to go to church to take
communion (or the Lord's supper) with other believers. This in an ordinance the bible clearly
teaches. Through communion we are reminded of Christ's death on the cross as He took our place.
We need these reminders and helps throughout our Christian life. Another thing mentioned
in the above scripture is prayer. Sure, you can pray at home, and you should, but it is important
for Christians to band together in prayer. We need to pray for each other. There are times when
I feel weak and I need my friends praying for me and times when they are sick and weak and they
need me to pray for them. And, of course, we go to church to worship! To praise God!
Luke 4:16 "And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue
on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read."
This is perhaps the most powerful reason of all for going to church! Even Jesus attended church
every Sabbath Day! He had been brought up to attend church as a child and as an adult it was
something He continued to do. It was His custom. When you make something a custom there
is never a question as to if you are going to do it. Many parents today do not
make their children go to Sunday school and church, preferring instead to allow the child freedom
to make their own decisions about religion. Why not let them make their own decisions about going
to the doctor when they're sick, taking drugs or playing with a loaded gun? Because you know
those things can kill them. Well, so can sin. Don't be afraid to make going to church a custom
for your family!
Romans 12:4-8 "For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being
many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is
given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering:
or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that
ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness."
1 Corinthians 27-31 "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first
apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities
of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto
you a more excellent way."
There are millions of fundamental, bible believing church buildings in the world and each one is
made up of a body of believers. All of these believers make up the Body of Christ; His Church.
Each of these church members have been given a special gift by God, some more than one.
Why do you think God gave us these gifts? He wants us to use them to build up His church. Our
gift may not be to stand up front and speak or sing. It may be behind the scenes cleaning,
making bulletin boards, greeting visitors or praying for the sick. If you are not sure what your
gift is, pray about it. Find something to do and start working in your church. And if you are
not attending a church, let me encourage you to go next Sunday! Don't put it off any longer.
If Jesus made it His custom every Sabbath, shouldn't you?
What are you expecting to receive from going to church? Sometimes we go to church with
expectations of disappointment and that's what we come away with. Next Sunday go to church
expecting nothing except to worship God. You might be surprised by what you receive!
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