Thursday, June 28, 2012
5 Reasons to go to church!
A year ago we left our church. It was a very difficult thing to do.
For whatever reasons we left, our hearts were torn apart and there was a short time when we didn't go to any church, and a short time when we did some church-hopping. But one day my husband said, enough of this, we need a new (permanent) home...
Why do we need a permanent church (community) to belong to?
Better still, why do we need to go to church?
1. It's a good habit
Heb 10:25 "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is" KJV and "Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together (as believers), as is the habit of some people" Amp.
Let me tell you, to get my little family up and nicely dressed, fed, hair in a bow and teeth brushed to be all happy faces at church Sunday mornings is no easy task. But once we are there, realizing that Anika has got two right feet and nobody remembered to wipe that marmite cheek and someone needs to go to the bathroom NOW, seeing friends and feeling part of, makes all the effort worth every little bit!
2. You meet new friends
When we left our previous church, our biggest concern was the friends that we left behind. But a year further down the road, we still have our old friends and gained wonderful new friends at our new church! But, and here is a big but: you have to want to become part of, by pitching up a little early and staying a little longer after the service, have a cup of coffee and you will definitely meet the friendly lady behind the coffee table, maybe look and feel awkard for 5 minutes, and I assure you someone will come and say hi!
3. You're a good example.
Not only to the neighbours that see you rushing out in a parade every Sunday morning come rain or shine, but to your precious children! Children usually end up doing what their parents do, not what they told them to do. They will follow your good example. Many times we had a good excuse to not go to church, and then one of our children just insisted that we must go and that motivated the whole bunch of us to get up and get dressed and get moving...
4. You get saved.
You don't need to be saved to go to church. That's an awkward thing to say yes! But its a good place to be to get saved. We all need Jesus, yes we do and chances are good you will find Him in church!
5. You get to know the person who will say the prayers at your funeral! (And they get a chance to know you too!)
This is a bad thought, but I have seen it too many times, when death comes untimely, how family can struggle to put you in the ground... Worse yet, everybody wonders... When you didn't belong to a church or community, people and family are left with this unfair question: Will they see you again, and under what circumstances?
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(thanks for the picture)