Why Go To Church? - Thursday's Dose - May 16 2013

Thursday's Dose - May 16 2013 

Why Go To Church?

Today's Scripture

"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up." - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (KJV).

Thoughts for Today

To me these scriptures explain to us the importance of going to church. I read my Bible at home each and every day and I couldn't learn more than that at church. The Spirit of God, teaches me God's Word. I don't need a church for that and nobody really does need a church for that if they seek the Word of God. I mean it's good to hear encouraging words that minister to you or words that correct you, but I can get that online or on television. I've had people tell me that I need church for those reasons. I really believe that the main important thing about church is fellowship with one another.

Why fellowship? We need others to encourage us and lift us up. We need people who care about us and are willing to help us out. If you were to get addicted to drugs, would you have a group to help encourage you to quit and get right with God? If you're all alone then you're in a danger zone. I've used this example before, but I believe it's a good one from my personal experience. When I first got saved and started reading my Bible everyday, I started to go through a spiritual change inside.

I was growing in the Lord and I was about 17 years old. I was still living at home, but I talked to my now wife on the phone. We couldn't talk otherwise because she was in one place and I was in other place. My mom took away my dead brother's Bible that I read and said, "This is what's putting things in your head! I will not let you use your brother's Bible against me!" I got the Bible back, but time I did my mother already had gotten me so upset that I told Krista, on the phone, "Maybe, I should stop reading the Bible until I move out of here." She told me in a way that I couldn't do that, that I needed to put God, first in my life. I didn't quit reading the Bible because I had encouragement. Without that encouragement all that is on this site and this site itself may've not been here. I may have even become a backslider if I let everything knock me away from God, like that. To me all I really need is a Bible and some fellowship with people. Some people will act like it's all about going to the church building. It's not about the building or the preacher, but it's about the Word of God and the people. We the people of God, are the true church.

Let me end this on this note: We need to take away our ignorance and believe in salvation outside of the church walls. In the last days I think that churches will be outlawed and all we will have is each other. We won't have no church building and we can't let that blow us away. We can't think, "Without church, I can't be saved or I can't stay that way!" You can be saved all by yourself by Jesus Christ alone, but it's good to have people to encourage you and you need the Word of God! Don't be ignorant on this subject: Church does not give you salvation, Jesus Christ does and the Church building doesn't help you up when you fall the people in that church do!

Prayer: "Our Loving Heavenly Father, thank you for this message and for all things. Please forgive us of all our sins and we forgive all those who've wronged us. Please help us to fellowship with one another and to grow in you and your Word. Bring us closer to you and help us not to fall. Help us not to be ignorant, but to see the church building for what it really is a place for believers to gather and fellowship together with you. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Thursday and God Bless you.