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Written by Chris Kibble   
Tuesday, 26 February 2019 15:59

Dear all,


'Yes, I'm a Christian. And no, I don't see a reason to go to church'.

 

Well, if you say this, you're amongst the one in eight 'born again' Christians who in America say they don't go to church. But the bible provides compelling reasons as to why you should regularly go to church. It's well encapsulated by Hebrews 10:24,25 'And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching. In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul gives commands to the Corinthians for the time when they 'gather to eat'. Paul writes to the Colossians that the letter should be read to the church at Laodicea and they in turn should read the letter sent to Laodicea. So there's plenty of evidence that local communities of believers ('ecclesia') met regularly together: To hear God's word, take the Lord's supper and witness baptisms.

 

 

Without the encouragement of regular church attendance, statistics show, Christians begin to drift. Philip Yancet says 'whenever I abandon church for a time, I find I am the one who suffers. My faith fades, and the crusty shell of lovelessness grows over me again. I grow colder than hotter. And so my journeys away from church have always circled back'. Similarly, if we're convinced that God is encouraging us to meet with fellow Christians, and we choose not to, what does that say about his place in our lives? Or are we willing to let others who do not worship God set our agenda?  We see in Luke 4:16 Jesus himself taking time to be in the synagogue 'as was his custom'. He could have been doing a lot of other things - healing the sick, building the kingdom: but he chose to be in church.

Finally, church attendance combats self centredness. CS Lewis wrote 'I disliked very much their hymns which I considered to be 5th rate poems set to 6th rate music. But as I went on, I saw the great merit of it. I realised that the hymns were nevertheless being sung with devotion and benefit by an old saint in elastic side boots in the opposite pew,  and then you realised that you aren't fit to clean those boots. Church gets you out of your solitary conceit'

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Chris

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 February 2019 16:03