posted on November 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm
You may find yourself asking this question, especially when Sunday comes around: “Is going to church that important? Can’t I just read my Bible from home, or watch a Christian program on TV? Isn’t that good enough?” This is an important concern, which is why I want to address this with you.
Of course, it is always wonderful if you read your Bible on your own and have personal devotion time. The Lord encourages us spend time by ourselves and close the door to pray. But we also need a time of gathering to sharpen our character and to abide in the Lord.
The Bible tells us: “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching” -Hebrews 10:25.
It is important to grow, learn, and to have someone more mature teaching you. It is important to be a part of the community and fellowship. As we are a part of the body of Christ, we can help serve, learn, and share our gifts at church.
“... so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”-Romans 12:5
It is so important to meet, gather and worship. We must worship God in Spirit and in truth.
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth” -John 4:23, 24.
When I was a little girl, I was involved in youth groups, church camps and Bible studies. I feel blessed to have met so many lifelong friends who truly care about me and my walk with God. I also have so many fun memories from youth camp: wake-boarding, going on houseboat trips, inter-tubing and singing during sunsets on the beautiful lake with my church. I loved the camps as a young girl.
The bottom line is, there’s always room for growth! Also, there are a ton of opportunities at church to serve, share your beautiful gifts and to build a life in the community!
You are important, and you matter! Your skills and talents can help further God’s kingdom! Whether you are good with kids, love to bake, do arts and crafts, are good with people, are creative, or just love to help…YOU ARE OF VALUE! God gave you those gifts for his glory and one way to display them is in the church.
“We all have different gifts, according to the grace given us….” -Romans 12:6
Need advice? Not sure where to start? Are your parents against attending church? Don’t fear.
1.) Pray: Ask God to soften your parents’ hearts, and for them to be open to you going to a youth group or Bible study.
2.) Get involved: Ask your church if there’s a homeless shelter you and your family can volunteer at, or if you can help in the performing arts areas, or even if they need help cleaning up! You can make new friends and have fun with your gift!
3.) See the fruit: As you grow, learn, serve, and meet people, you will find yourself bearing much fruit. (And by fruit, I mean good things-whether those are new friendships, memories, or learning!)
Girls, I encourage you to get involved in a church. God will bless you more than you will ever know! When we give him our time, tithes, or service – it is a PROMISE! He will bless you! Not only that, but it will pour into the lives around you. You will definitely see a change!
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