Why Bother With Church?

Dr. Charles S. Mims By Dr. Charles S. Mims, 11th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/.wtet362/
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You would think that since God is everywhere, and the Bible commands us to be in a constant state of worship then it wouldn’t matter where we worship as long as we do it. This morning we are going to try to show some valid, common sense reasons that we need to be together as a church when we worship.

Why Go To Church?

Why Go to Church?

Acts 2:42-48
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. 44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

It’s Sunday morning, we have worked all week, and the last thing we want to do is get up, get dressed, and drive out to the church to hear the preacher tell us how bad we are! Yet every Sunday millions of people in our nation do just that, and many of them have absolutely no concept of why they do it, other than it is part of their routine.
You would think that since God is everywhere, and the Bible commands us to be in a constant state of worship then it wouldn’t matter where we worship as long as we do it. This morning we are going to try to show some valid, common sense reasons that we need to be together as a church when we worship.

When God sends forth the Spirit amazing things happen:
barriers are broken,
communities are formed,
opposites are reconciled,
unity is established,
disease is cured,
addiction is broken,
cities are renewed,
races are reconciled,
hope is established,
people are blessed,
and church happens.


Today the Spirit of God is present
and we’re gonna‚ have church.


So be ready, get ready...God is up to something...


discouraged folks cheer up,
dishonest folks ’fess up,
sour folks sweeten up,
closed folk, open up,
gossipers shut up,
conflicted folks make up,
sleeping folks wake up,
lukewarm folk, fire up,
dry bones shake up,
and pew potatoes stand up!


But most of all, Christ the Savior of all the world is lifted up.


SOURCE: Rick Kirchoff, Germantown United Methodist Church, Opening remarks to the Memphis Annual Conference.

Going to church helps keep God at the center of our life!

Worship, done properly, is all about God. When we come together to meet for worship each week we are making a decision to center our thoughts on God for a few moments out of our day. We exist because of God, not vice versa. We are here for His benefit, not our own. When we gather together we have the encouragement of our fellow travellers on this big old sphere we call earth.

Life is hard, make no mistake about it. The cares and concerns of life wear us down, but we need to remember that it’s not about us. It’s about God! When we take our thoughts out of the self-centered train of thought and transform them into a God centered train of thought we begin to worship, and our problems all of a sudden don’t seem so impossible.

Jesus said in Matthew 22:37 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment."

Listen to this from the Expositor’s Bible Commentary:

God is to be loved completely and totally because He, and He alone, is God and because He has made a covenant of love with His people. In the covenant God gives Himself totally in love to His people; therefore He expects His people to give themselves totally in love to Him. (EBC)

Pastor Rick Warren said:
“Here’s the amazing thing. In America it’s ok to be passionate about anything except God. That is not politically correct -- to be passionate about God. I can be passionate about movies. I can be passionate about sports. I can be passionate about politics. I can be passionate about fashions and clothes. I can be passionate about restaurants (and some of us really are). But I cannot be passionate about God. That’s a no-no.”

We need to come to church to reignite that passion; to set it afire. We need to come together weekly to center our thoughts, to center our lives, to center our entire beings upon the one person who really makes a difference. We need to gather together to put God back at the center of our life!

Going to Church Helps Us to Connect to Other Believers!

NETWORKING is the single most powerful marketing tactic to accelerate and sustain success for any individual or organization! – Adam Small

Networking is all about connecting with others. One of the most successful websites in the world is Facebook. Facebook operates on a simple concept: You have friends, and your friends have friends, and then those friends have their own circle of friends.

As the network of friends expands, your sphere of influence expands correspondingly.
The church is our spiritual Facebook. We assemble ourselves to commune with the source, which is God. God, in turn, communes with us, and when we reach out into our community He is able to commune with those that we come in contact with.

The church is the beginning hub of the network necessary to meet the vast needs of our community. When we get filled from the fountain of God’s spirit, we share that filling with the others that we come in contact with.

God wants to help connect you with other believers through fellowship. First God wants you to connect with Him. Then He wants you to connect with other members of His family and learn to love them. Fellowship is learning to love other people in God’s family. That’s all it is, learning to love other people in God’s family.

Miss Thompson taught Teddy Stallard in the fourth grade. He was a slow, unkempt student, a loner shunned by his classmates. The previous year his mother died, and what little motivation for school he may have once had was now gone. Miss Thompson didn’t particularly care for Teddy either, but at Christmas time he brought her a small present. Her desk was covered with well-wrapped presents from the other children, but Teddy’s came in a brown sack. When she opened it there was a gaudy rhinestone bracelet with half the stones missing and a bottle of cheap perfume. The children began to snicker but Miss Thompson saw the importance of the moment. She quickly splashed on some perfume and put on the bracelet, pretending Teddy had given her something special. At the end of the day Teddy worked up enough courage to softly say, "Miss Thompson, you smell just like my mother . . . and her bracelet looks real pretty on you too. I’m glad you like my presents." After Teddy left, Miss Thompson got down on her knees and prayed for God’s forgiveness. She prayed for God to use her as she sought to not only teach these children but to love them as well. She became a new teacher. She lovingly helped students like Teddy, and by the end of the year he had caught up with most of the students. Miss Thompson didn’t hear from Teddy for a long time. Then she received this note: "Dear Miss Thompson, I wanted you to be the first to know. I will be graduating second in my class. Love, Teddy Stallard." Four years later she got another note: "Dear Miss Thompson, They just told me I will be graduating first in my class. I wanted you to be the first to know. The university has not been easy, but I liked it. Love, Teddy Stallard." Four years later: "Dear Miss Thompson, As of today, I am Theodore Stallard, M.D. How about that? I wanted you to be the first to know. I am getting married next month. I want you to come and sit where my mother would sit if she were alive. You are the only family I have now; Dad died last year. Love, Teddy Stallard." Miss Thompson went to the wedding and sat where Teddy’s mother would have sat, because she let God use her as an instrument of encouragement.

SOURCE: Who Switched the Price Tags?, Tony Campolo, W Publishing Group, 1986, p. 69-72

We come to church to enrich our network of fellow believers. You never know who you are going to impact, and you never know whose assistance or expertise you may need on your journey through life. The best place to make those connections is by associating with fellow believers at church.
The Bible says this in Romans 12:5 "We belong to each other and each of us needs all the others." That’s what fellowship is all about. We all need each other.

Going to Church Helps us Grow Up!

When an infant is first born, most of its waking time is spent feeding and growing up into a child. Unfortunately many newly born Christians do not recognize that they also have many of the same needs as any newborn infant in the world. The apostle Peter readily reminded Christians how important it was to feed their spiritual life with the Word of GOD. "As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious" 1 Peter 2:2-3.

Though many of us have seen pictures of a huge eagle’s nest high in the branches of a tree or in the crag of a cliff, few of us have gotten a glimpse inside. When a mother eagle builds her nest she starts with thorns, broken branches, sharp rocks, and a number of other items that seem entirely unsuitable for the project. But then she lines the nest with a thick padding of wool, feathers, and fur from animals she has killed, making it soft and comfortable for the eggs. By the time the growing birds reach flying age, the comfort of the nest and the luxury of free meals make them quite reluctant to leave. That’s when the mother eagle begins "stirring up the nest." With her strong talons she begins pulling up the thick carpet of fur and feathers, bringing the sharp rocks and branches to the surface. As more of the bedding gets plucked up, the nest becomes more uncomfortable for the young eagles. Eventually, this and other urgings prompt the growing eagles to leave their once-comfortable abode and move on to more mature behavior.

Today in the Word, June 11, 1989.

The word we use, “Discipleship”, is simply a fancy way to say “Grow Up”. God wants us to GROW UP! He doesn’t want for us to remain stuck in the same state of infancy we began in. He wants to see us mature, and improve in our knowledge and wisdom. He wants us to learn new things, and use this new knowledge to help others.

By going to church, placing God at the center, and networking with others, we have the opportunity to share the wisdom of the Lord among ourselves. We literally get to learn firsthand from people who have been there, done that, and brought home the whole wardrobe! We have an awesome opportunity to learn from the best!

As we mature in Christ we need the encouragement, and even the discipline, of the church to make our way out of the comfortable nest we find ourselves in. The collective wisdom of God’s people, joined together in worship through the church, gives us the support that we need to move forward in ministry for Christ.

It’s true. We could worship just fine down at the beach chasing the sea gulls. We could worship just fine in our recliner waiting for the game to begin. We could worship just fine down at the coffee shop, enjoying the morning paper. We could. But we won’t.
We need the church to inspire us, to encourage us, to discipline us; we need the church to hold us accountable. We need the benefits we get from being with other Christians. That’s why we go to church.

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Assembly, Character, Church, Fellow Human Beings, Fellowship, Growth

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author avatar Dr. Charles S. Mims
Charles Mims has been the pastor at South Peninsula Baptist Church in the heart of Daytona Beach for fifteen years.

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author avatar Tony Barnes
21st Oct 2011 (#)

Amen my brother

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author avatar Teila
1st Mar 2012 (#)

Excellent article

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