I had a discussion with a colleague a few weeks ago about what we both did at the weekend. He told me that he went shopping on Saturday morning, went to a local club on Saturday afternoon, and spent Sunday in front of the TV watching sport. I told him that I went shopping on Saturday morning too, and that I went to Church on Sunday. He said “Church … why did you go to Church?” I immediately thought “Uh-oh, this is one of those times when I wish I had a day or two to think about a really great response”.
I told him that I go to Church with my family every Sunday because I am a Christian man, and because I want to spend time with other Christians learning more about God. Well, that didn’t get much of a response. He quickly turned the conversation to sport by saying “Mate the Cowboys are playing fantastic footy this year … aren’t they”
I must have been smiling (about his quick change of topic) because he smiled back at me and nodded – although I am sure he was smiling about the Cowboys fantastic footy, not about me going to Church. So, why do we go to Church? Well, the simple answer is … because the Bible tells us to —
- be in a relationship with other believers, “… not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching”. Hebrews 10:25 (NIV).
- go to church to hear God’s powerful Word preached, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged
sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12).
- go to church because we are a part of the body of Christ. “… so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” (Romans 12:5 ESV).
- go to church to partner in the gospel. “… because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Philippians 1:5 NIV).
The Apostle Paul compared the church to a body, with Jesus as the head. Paul said, “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work”. (Ephesians 4:16 NIV).
There are so many compelling reasons in the Bible telling us why we need to go to Church. If we are part of Christ’s body, we will recognize our need to fit into the body of believers. Gods Church is the place where we come together to encourage one another as members of Christ’s body. Together we fulfill an important purpose on the Earth. I pray that the quick and amusing conversation I had with my colleague a few weeks ago has at least sown the seed; the rest is up to God.