Why Church?

I have had a deep love for the church my whole life. I grew up in the church; hard pews, Sunday school, potlucks, baptisms, summer camp and youth group. I even went to a Christian College. Why? Depending on what was going on in my life, if you had asked, you would have gotten a different answer every time.

   During this season of Covid we have all been forced out of meeting together as a church. I want to challenge you to question how you feel about this. Really ask your self "why do I go to Church (or not)?".

   I've heard from a ton of people that they are really enjoying sleeping in, spending time with family and even listening to the message together as a family. There is nothing wrong with any of that. To many of you that has been a blessing. I can download or stream a sermon from just about anywhere in the world these days and stay in the comfort of my pajamas. In this new digital age you may be asking yourself, "do I even need to go to church?".

   The answer to that question for me is yes! I need community. When we are in community we have 3 things…The Presence of Christ himself, the prayers of believers and fellowship in our suffering. 1 Peter 5:8 says "your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour". I watch Animal Planet, the lion always picks off the one that is isolated from their herd. The Church is my herd! It's where I see the invisible God, visible in His people. In the New Testament , we see young and old mixing, as older women and men are to teach younger women and men. We see people coming together to worship who come from all stages in life, different occupations, and different backgrounds. Paul taught that the social divides typical of most groups in society have no place in the church. The church should be a place of diversity , where each person can contribute to the whole.God has created and equipped you to be exactly who you are. Everyone in the herd is needed and plays a vital role.

  Do you know why you go to church? Is it just a habit, a box to check off? Are you attending for what you get out of it? Or do you go because it's your herd? I encourage you to pray, ask God about your role in His church. In the context of urging husbands to love their wives, Paul writes that "Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" (Eph. 5:25). There is nothing more that could be said to communicate and establish the importance of the church in our christian walk. Christ loves us and He shows that love in community.

Elaina Myers

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