01 Oct Why Go to Church?
I grew up in church.
I used to believe that church was just a place for Christians to go and get re-charged, usually accompanied by potluck lunches, puppet ministries, bake sales, yard sales, and bible studies…all of which was conducive to a false sense of admiration that the average congregant had for the “celebrities on stage”. People were more consumed with themselves and their comforts than with Jesus. The church culture that I grew up in unknowingly fueled a fire of unhealthy pride and legalism that is counterintuitive to the gospel of Jesus. In the end, I was left with a fear of death and a doubting spirit regarding everything that I thought I knew about God.
Have you ever felt that way?
Our primary purpose for going to church should be to Share, Serve and be a part of Small Groups.
We should be sharing our faith with others
Worship is how we live our lives all week, not the 20 minutes of singing & music on Sundays. Share your faith and bring someone to church.
We should be serving others and the church
If you call yourself a christian and aren’t involved in serving at YOUR church, you’re being disobedient and selfish. As we serve, we show love. As our love grows, we gain purity, discernment, knowledge and understanding. This ultimately brings praise and glory to God. (Philippians 1:9-11)
You should be in a Small Group
It is IMPOSSIBLE for any moderately sized church to effectively discipleship without Small Groups (a.k.a. life groups, connect groups, etc…)
Google says: A small group is a gathering, usually 6-10 people, who meet to offer mutual acceptance, support for one another’s goals, and encouragement for life’s challenges. They may discuss the Bible, or other book with spiritual focus, to discover truths for their own lives–and to pray for one another.
The model that I agree with is one that takes the content of the previous weekend’s sermon and dissecting/discussing it in a smaller setting. Small groups allow people to “do life together” and encourages the building of real life relationships with fellow believers. These relationships then become a source of strength, accountability, encouragement, and love. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity…isn’t that what church is all about?