One of the greatest tragedies in our society today is the fact that so many people have forsaken the church. They either do not attend at all, or attend so irregularly that it is of no real benefit to them or to society. You might expect this with non-Christian people, but so many of these people claim to believe in God and claim to be Christians.
Why is church such an important issue? Why isn’t it good enough for me just to believe in God and worship in my own way? Here are six reasons that we should go to a Bible-believing, gospel-preaching church.
Reason #1: God has commanded us to assemble ourselves together. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching,” Heb. 10:25. We need to obey God. If for no other reason than this, we should faithfully attend a local church. In fact, church attendance should be one of our top priorities for the week.
Reason #2: Jesus loves the church, and we should too. “Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it,” Eph. 5:25. The Bible speaks of “the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood” Acts 20:28. If Jesus loved the church enough to suffer, and bleed, and die for it, shouldn’t we love it too?
Reason #3: The church is the pillar and ground of the truth. 1 Timothy 3:15 calls the church “the pillar and ground of the truth”. God has entrusted the church with the responsibility of teaching the Word of God. Many do not realize that in a good church they will learn the “holy scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto salvation” 2 Tim. 2:15. Most people today are ignorant of God’s plan of salvation because they have forsaken Bible-believing, gospel-preaching churches. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death” Prov. 16:25.
Reason #4: We give evidence of our salvation. “We know that we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death,” 1 Jn. 3:14. When we love people, we want to be with them. Those who do not love their Christian brothers and sisters enough to want to be with them in church may not be saved. If you do not love the brethren, then “examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith,” 2 Cor. 13:5.
Reason #5: We need the fellowship that the church has to offer. “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. These things write we unto you that your joy may be full,” 1 John 1:3, 4. Fellowship involves a camaraderie centered around shared values. As Christians we share the greatest common value of all, that of knowing Jesus Christ; therefore we assemble ourselves together. We learn and sing about our great God and Savior. We pray together. We admonish one another to do the things that will please and honor God. When there are burdens, there is someone there to share the load. When things go well, there is someone there to share in the joy.
Often times we are proud and like to pretend that we can go through life without any help. The truth is God wants us to fellowship and share in our lives together. He made us that way.
Reason #6: The church is our place for Christian service. “Seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church,” 1 Cor. 14:12. The church is the place where we should give our time, talents, energies, and resources to serve the Lord. The Bible says the church is like a body with each member contributing something to its overall well-being (1 Cor. 12:12). By being involved in the ministry of a good church, we help make a difference in people’s lives, not just for time but for all eternity. We help strengthen the moral and spiritual fabric of society; and at the same time, we help people find the way of salvation. There is no greater cause that we can give ourselves to than that of local church ministry.
See you in church!
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Service 10:45 a.m.
From January to March we have a fellowship lunch following the morning service and the afternoon service about 12.45
Wednesday Evening Service 6:30 p.m.
Location and map
17 East Main Street (Rt. 62)
(located off both Main Street and Institute Street across from Frewsburg Central School)
Frewsburg, NY 14738