Two well known bloggers wrote popular blogs on why they quit church and many people have left churches for less reasons than thy noted on their blog. Although this is not a new concept, people have been leaving church since the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ but has been enhanced with the idea with “we left the church but didn’t leave Jesus.” This blog is not intended to be a rebuttal to these bloggers but a request for each of us to examine our own heart and lives and ask the question, “Why church?”
1. It isn’t my church – it is His church. Jesus said, “I will build my church,” Notice the use of the word “my” not mine but His. I must come to the reality of coming together as a church is to become an integral part of the church He is building.
2. Jesus likened the church to His body. The church is the vehicle for Christ to exhibit His life into regular, imperfect people. There will never be a perfect children’s ministry, a perfect pastor or a perfect church but God takes this imperfect mass of people and brings them together as His body.
3. The church is God’s way of reaching a community. A Spirit filled church makes a difference in the community – one soul at a time. Churches create a moral climate in the community, provide an anchor for marriages and an evangelistic thrust.
4. Church is a place of accountability. The strong moral compass of the Holy Spirit through a body of believers enables me to stay in an arena of truth.
5. Children need a strong moral stability surrounding them. Church does not replace parental moorings of biblical truth but support it. Parents have a biblical obligation to “raise up a child in the way they should go,” and the church offers a spiritual atmosphere to encourage parental teaching. Plus, provide an environment to back up what parents are teaching.
6. Church is a place to give. I know there are those who choose to support a tv ministry but I choose to bring my tithes “into the storehouse,” where the funds can be used to help local shelters, feed those in my community, provide programs for children and teenagers, and to support home and world missions, as well as, the present pastor.
7. There is strength in numbers. The church congregation can do more together than I can do alone.
8. One day I may need a Pastor. A death in the family, a hospital stay or a marriage breakup are just three of the hundreds of reasons why someone could need to have a Pastor present in my home or praying for me.
9. The times we are living in requires church attendance The Bible says, “Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together” (pretty straightforward) and, it continues, “even more as you see ( evil) days approaching.” We need each other now more than ever.
10. The church is likened to marriage. (Ephesians 5). Even as the union of Husband and wife is for “unto death do us part” so Christ and the Church (Bride) are to be inseparable and not divorced.