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The Importance of Church Attendance

Catechism

I DO NOT NEED TO GO TO CHURCH IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED A CHRISTIAN

Yes, your right, nor do I have to go home every night to my wife in order to be considered married; however, I do think it is a pretty good idea......

And, notice how we do not use this same kind of reasoning when it comes to any other category. For example, you wouldn’t catch anyone saying who is a major league baseball player, “I do not need to go to practice in order to be considered a major league baseball player”. Nor would you hear a teacher saying, “I do not need to show up for class and teach in order to be considered a teacher”. And, you hopefully wouldn’t hear a Father saying to his kids, “I am never going to spend time with you, play with you, and or take care of you; because after all, nothing will ever change my title of being a Father.”

If an absent Father is considered a “babies-daddy”; what would a non-active Christian be considered?.....................hmm......just a thought. Lol.

A large majority of “Christians” have excused away their need for the Church with the following reasonings:

(1) “I do not get anything from the Church any-more”

(2) the Church is just filled with a bunch of hypocrites, and

(3) “I do not need to go to Church in order to be a Christian.

Of course these reasons do not exhaust all of the possibilities as to why people have stopped going to Church; however, these three certainly make the top five in my book. We have already looked at the third reason. But, how about the first reason?

The only thing I wish to say regarding reason number one is that Jesus disagrees with you. He Himself was found in the Synagogue when he was 12 years old. If Jesus, the Son of God, who knew everything about everything, was found attending service; how much more should the followers of Jesus be eager to attend service? Furthermore, maybe, we are thinking about Church and the assembly of the brethren backwards. Whoever said that your attendance was about you? Honestly, if service has only been the means of consuming for the benefit of oneself; can I suggest that you are doing it wrong? Service is about others! Service is about empowering the Church to spread the message of the gospel. Service is about giving, receiving, fellowship, community, and last but not least, being obedient to scripture.

“Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25).

Jesus made sure he didn’t personally forsake the assembling of the brethren; therefore, nor should we....

The second reason, honestly, doesn’t even make sense to me as to why this would be an embraced ideology or reasoning. If we are all just evolved pond scum; just goo-to the zoo-to you; a cosmic miscarriage; and just an accident, brought about by evolution and the "Big Bang" then maybe Christians just evolved to be hypocrites. Why are you blaming us for our evolutionary biology? However, if you identify as a Christian and your reasoning is that you do not want to be around a bunch of hypocrites; just know the Church is eager to embrace one more hypocrite......So, please pay us a visit!

If loving God and loving others past their faults is not a part of your M-O, then.......yeah....... Maybe, Online Church is built for you...

 

Just saying...

However, for those who are seeking a Church family, make it a point this Sunday to attend. We live in the Bible belt; therefore, you have more options than Baskin-Robins thirty-one flavors of ice-cream.

Furthermore, in ancient Israel you had Synagogue's which is just translated assembly. Hence, (Hebrews 10:25) should come to mind. However, it is also believed that synagogues (places of worhsip/Churches) which were separate from actual Temples saturated places like Gaililee––with over 50 in just that small city. It was believed that you would have a synagogue for every mile of a person–– that way, you could still keep the sabbath by not walking so far, and yet, still come to worship. In addition, Ezra 8:2-4 says this, "Then Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women, and all who could listen with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month. And he read from it before the square which was in front of the water gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of men and women, those who could understand; and all the people were attentive to the book of the law. And Ezra the scribe stood at a wooden podium which they had made for the purpose.

 

Additionally, I attempt in the closing of our services to speak the Lord's blessing over the congregation, as did Aaron, for scripture says, "Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them: The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make his face shine on you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you. And give you peace" (Numbers 6:23-26).

 

Therefore, you would not only have the Temple for regular sacrifices, but you would have Synagogues for the purpose of Bar Mtizvah, Worship, and the reading of the Law.

 

 

Therefore, Don't be a Sucker Fish! Go to Church! 

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