Why do we go to church?
Firstly I think it is important to understand the word church. Here at Grace Family we don’t relate church with a religious denomination or organization, here church is not a solemn gathering of all the perfect people in town. Church is not a place we go too because that is what we have habitually been doing all our lives. We don’t get together to impress people or even God.
We gather together because we all have a common motivation and that is we love God and we love each other, we are family and when we get together we create church. Grace Family is a place where people from all walks of life can gather in a non-judgment zone. We get together to encourage and motivate each other, when we get together we open our hearts for the good news of Jesus to flood our minds and souls. Here are some practical reasons why we get together.
The Bible indicates. (Hebrews 10:25)
You will have the opportunity to worship God.
You will likely have some of life big questions answered.
The preaching of the Bible will help set direction for your life.
You will probably make some new friends.
You’ll probably see some old friends.
You’ll be encouraged in your walk with God.
You’ll likely encourage other people in their walk with God.
It will help you define what you believe.
It will help you understand the Bible.
If you have kids, it will teach them to value God and His Church.
People who attend church usually live longer (google it!)
It will give you an outlet for service and ministry.
It can help you develop personal leadership.
You’ll sing inspirational songs that will carry you during the week.
It will encourage you that God is good (if it doesn’t, it should).
It will help you to look outside yourself.
It will provide an opportunity to give financially to those in need.
You’ll receive love from other people.
You’ll be able to show love toward others.
You’ll be prayed for.
You will be able to pray for others.
You’re likely to hear and be encouraged by answered prayers.
You will be able to give praise reports and share stories of God working in your life.
You will be able to worship God with other likeminded people.
It’s an opportunity to introduce a friend who doesn’t know Christ.
You’ve probably got nothing better to do. (Watching TV, or sleeping-in don’t count as better!)
Your family need you to go.
Because gathering is part of what it means to be a Christian.
Because it’s good to have your views and opinions challenged.
Because we all need regular reminders of our position in Christ.
It will help you end one week, and starts the next, with the right focus.
It will help you re-order your priorities.
It’s where your real friends are.
It will help you put your life story, into the grand narrative of scripture.
It will remind you that you have nothing to fear.
It helps take your focus off yourself and onto God.
It helps bring perspective and feeds the soul.
Because gathering strengthens your faith.
The discipline of going will help you be disciplined across all areas of life.
It will allow for support in times of need.
It promotes stability in your life.
It helps to promote a happy marriage.
It gives you something great to do with your kids.
It will help you to improve your self-esteem.
It will help your interpersonal skills.
It will help increase your ability to cope with the trials of life.
It will help you to be a happy person.
It will positively influence future generations.
It will provide you with an opportunity to share in communion.
It will allow you to take an active role in missions work.
It will help develop your children’s self-confidence.
Your children will learn the Bible.
It will help give you a sense of purpose.
It will shape your vision of the future.
It will give you eternal hope.
It will help you to know what you believe.
It will help you to know what you stand for.
It will encourage creativity.
It will allow you to be disciplined, mentored and pastored.
Because you’ll learn about Jesus and have the opportunity to get to know Him.
Because you want to go.
It’s a pleasant experience.
It will give you the opportunity to express yourself in song.
It beats staying at home and being alone.
You’ll find acceptance.
You’ll be loved.
You can love others there.
Real forgiveness is found there.
The gathering of God’s people will help draw you closer to God.
You’ll meet likeminded people.
It will remind you that you’re not alone.
It will help the process of sanctification.
You’re likely to learn something about God, the Bible, yourself, or others.
Growth of the fruit of the Spirit will likely happen.
It will give you something interesting to talk about on Monday at work.
Because being planted will help your life to flourish.
It reflects a life lived beyond yourself.
It will bring joy to your life.
A miracle you need may come to pass.
You’ve been promising someone that you’d go and it’s time to make good on your word.
Because faith without works is dead.
It will literally change your life for eternity!