|Posted on February 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM|
Should believers go to church? That is a good question worth having a look at. One could surmise rightly that you do not go to church to be saved. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV
However, there are very many good reasons that we should go to church. For when we do we learn more about God, we are drawn closer to God, We enjoy the fellowship of other fellow believers, we learn from one another, we build up one another to name but a few good reasons to go to church.
The Bible itself is clear also and speaks to us on why we as believers should go to gather together in fellowship to worship by way of songs and praise to our God who is worthy of our praises.
Let us look at some scriptural passages which speak of fellowshipping together and why we should gather together.
It is God’s will
“Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another,
And the Lord listened and heard them;
So a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the Lord
And who meditate on His name.“ Malachi 3:16 NKJV
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20 KJV
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” John 17:20-21 KJV
When we gather together, God is in the midst of us
“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.” 1 John 1:3 KJV
“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.“ Hebrews 12:22-24 KJV
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 KJV
“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” Psalm 34:3 KJV
“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.” Hebrews 10:25 KJV
When we gather together we are exhorted
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16 KJV
We are comforted & edified when we gather together
“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11 KJV
God is delighted when we gather together
“But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.”
Psalms 16:3 KJV
“When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.” Psalms 42:4 KJV
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.“ Psalms 133:1-3 KJV
I could go on, but these are all very good reasons why we should go to church and fellowship together. To not gather together is to miss out on the many blessing by God upon those who do fellowship together.
Again, you do not need to go to church to be saved, but then again, God commands us to for our benefit in many ways. To abstain is to miss on so many blessings and learning and to be uplifted, encouraged etc.
The choice to stay away is your own but………….. !
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