In this day and age, many people ask themselves, “Is church really that important?” “Should I attend church regularly?” “Should I attend at all?”
God is a relational being, having perfect community and relationship within Himself through the beautiful mystery of the Holy Trinity. We were created from an overflow of that love that makes up the very core of who God truly is. We were made in the image of God. That makes us relational beings as well!
Church is the perfect place to experience life with other Christ-Followers. It’s also a place for people to experience God for the first time in a real and powerful way. There, like-minded believers come together and worship the Lord collectively. Not only that, but that’s also where we can find encouragement and strength to live out the plans and purposes of God for our life.
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25, NLT)
And that’s the other role of the church: where followers of Jesus come together to mobilize and change the world for the cause of the Gospel. God has given us each gifts and talents in order to see this mission advanced in our community. When we come together as the church, our gifts are only strengthened and empowered.
So, do you need to go to church as a follower of Jesus? Absolutely! It is crucial for both the development of your faith and the mission God has given each of us. Your unique skill set and perspective are needed for the people of God, the church, to fulfill its mission. When the church is fully equipped and mobilized, it can bring about remarkable change in our world. That’s the mission God has called us to accomplish, and you have a special role in His plan that cannot be replaced.
If you have a home church, make sure to attend regularly and take part in the shared life and fellowship of the body of Christ. If you don’t have a home church, make it a priority to find one in your community. May all God’s people come together in His name!
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