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Why All Christians Need Church

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Ladies, do you go to church? Do you believe that church is necessary in your walk with Christ? Well, some Christians don’t believe that going to church is important at all. They argue that they have a personal relationship with Jesus that can be maintained and strengthened by themselves, with just Jesus and the Bible.

While this may be the only option for some Christians who don’t have a church nearby, for many Christians, church is just not important. But should it be?

Before His ascension, Jesus established His church when He appointed Peter the visible head on earth and gave the other apostles authority to carry out His works. “You are Rock, and on this rock I will build my Church,” he said. “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven.” (Matthew 16:18-19)

Let’s be clear—the church that Christ founded was a body of people, not a building. And as followers of Jesus, we are all individual temples of God. But we followers of Christ need a place to come together and worship regularly.

Besides Christ’s establishment of His church, here are more reasons why all Christians need church:

1. Jesus went to church. Remember the story of 12-year-old Jesus going missing one Passover? Mary and Joseph searched for Him and finally found Him in the temple:

After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And when they saw him, they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.” And he said to them, “How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:46-49)

There are many instances in scripture where Jesus refers to the temple as His Father’s house, or stories that tell of Him teaching in the temple, or Mary and Joseph presenting Him in the temple as was the custom. When Jesus turned the tables over at the temple, He said, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a den of robbers.” Church is a sacred place for us to go and pray. And it’s a part of our spiritual life and worship.

2. Church guides us in the faith. Church helps us to know God. Just as Jesus listened and taught in the temple, our churches offer scriptural guidance and teachings about God and the life of Jesus. They offer us a path to our salvation by guiding us toward a holy lifestyle according to God’s law, not man’s.

3. It helps strengthen our relationship with Christ. Whether through Bible readings, youth groups, sermons or sacraments, church provides many ways in which we can strengthen our relationship with Christ. For example, some denominations offer sacraments instituted by Christ that convey grace, such as the Eucharist and Reconciliation. For these denominations, Christ is present during these sacraments, so attending Mass is fundamental in maintaining a Christian life and growing closer to God.

4. Support in times of trial. Life is not easy, for sure. But a church can offer light in a world full of dark moments. They provide the support needed to deal with the trials of life. Conversation and support from priests or pastors can be a lifeline to those who may feel isolated, lonely or forsaken.

5. Fellowship with other like-minded people. People come together in churches—people who share similar beliefs and values. And we often need others who share our faith to help strengthen ours, and vice versa. Church is a community of people.

Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. (Acts 2:43-47)

6. Opportunities to serve. The church is a giving entity. It’s one of charity and service, and when you are part of a church, you have the opportunity to serve others. Remember, when we love and serve others, we love and serve God. Church isn’t just a place we go to on Sundays; it’s who we are and what we do every day. Church is the place that teaches us how to be the people of Christ.

And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

 

Ladies, Jesus founded a church because He knew that we would need it to help us remain strong in our faith. We need church to come together and strengthen our church as a whole and as individual temples.

Your church should provide all of the above for you, and if it doesn’t, don’t blame church in general. Just find a church that does meet the requirements of a strong and faithful body of Christ’s followers.

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. In Him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God. (Ephesians 2:19-22)

 

Ladies, are you part of a church? Do you find that it helps you strengthen your relationship with Christ?

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8 Comments

  1. Miku4evr

    Posted by Miku4evr on June 15, 2015 at 22:11

    I love the part about 12 year old Jesus at the temple. I don’t know why. One of my favorites. 🙂

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Momo on April 15, 2015 at 18:15

    This is very convicting. And I love your use of scripture!

  3. ReaganthePK15

    Posted by ReaganthePK15 on March 29, 2015 at 18:36

    Church is so beneficial to all Christians. It sets aside a time for your to make time to get to know and grow in God. I love this article!

  4. Amarah

    Posted by Amarah on March 26, 2015 at 07:50

    I am part of the Church, the Body of Christ. I am also part of my local religious establishment. “Church” is not mandatory for any Christian, but fellowship is. Fellowship is important but can be found and created in any other place as well. The problem with “going to church” is it creates an idea that church is a place and it really isnt. Most dont understand what the real church is. I do believe that religious establishments are one good source for fellpwship an relationships but it isnt the only option. For some, it isnt their best option. For others, it helps them grow in the Lord. I believe it is beneficial for me. For some though, other options such as meetings with friends and fellow believers, bible studies and gatherings, home groups and get togethers are their best source of fellowship and relationships.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Momo on April 15, 2015 at 18:29

      I see where you’re coming from, and I agree that the American idea of church can get pretty twisted up and misused. (It’s almost like a spiritual placebo for some.) But church membership definitely isn’t an option but a mandate. I’m about to give you a lotta scripture, but it’s just such a huge issue these days that I hope we can engage in healthy discussion over His Word if it can lead us to better understanding and obedience.

      1 Cor. 5:12-13 Paul makes it clear that Christians are supposed to know who’s an insider and who’s an outsider, and we’re able to kick someone out if they persist in unrepentant sin. So that means there’s a systematic way of removing someone from a body of believers. You can’t do that unless you have some sort of leadership circle (pastor, elders, deacons) and follower circle (members). If you got that, then you’re a church whether you know it or not. lol

      Matt. 18 also gives us more examples of church discipline. In dealing with sin, you’re supposed to be able to fall back on a church-wide decision, and you can’t do that unless you’re a part of a church.

      Heb. 13:17 tells us that we’re to submit to our leaders, and they keep watch over our souls. Neither of those things are possible unless there is a clear distinction of who the leader is and who the flock is. Are you commanded to submit to this pastor or that one? Does this pastor keep watch over your soul, or is that other one supposed to? Church membership makes that distinction. Just showing up once a month doesn’t make that clear. You’re not a member, and you’re probably not even benefiting from or to the church at all.

      So, yeah! Please feel free to agree or disagree.

  5. allisinger

    Posted by allisinger on March 25, 2015 at 13:48

    I am a part of a church. It’s very important in my relationship with Christ because throughout the week I get distracted by things like school and church reminds me to talk to God, read the Bible, etc. It bugs me when people think they’re such good Christians because they go to church on Easter and Christmas Eve, you should go to church every Sunday, ya know? 🙂

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Satin Rainbow on March 24, 2015 at 12:26

    This is all just so true. Every word of it. My church is the place I go to get advice about God and everything he does for me. Without it, I wouldn’t be who I am today.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Momo on April 15, 2015 at 18:14

      True! (But don’t forget that you have a direct source too! The very Word of God!)