Why Come to Church?

Why Come/Go to Church?

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Some of you may know the story of my testimony and when I preach and teach I always include my testimony because someone may identify with it; also because the LORD leads me to include portions of it.

I accepted the LORD Jesus Christ as my LORD and Savior when I was a child, but I did not have a strong foundation from within my home to pursue His Holiness or the encouragement to attend church. I heard things like, “I do not need to go to church, I can have church right here at home.” Also, “I do not need someone to teach me the Bible, I can read it and get my own interpretation.” Maybe even, “Why should I go to church, there are too many hypocrites in the church.” These were the messages that I was receiving from my parents as a child.

Although I was hearing these things, I was still drawn to the church. I would walk to Sunday school to a Lutheran church on my own for almost a year if memory serves me right; if not, please forgive me Lord. As a child, the powerful persuasion of our parents can be detrimental to our upbringing, especially if they themselves do not follow what they are teaching. Even though, they said they could have church at home, and they could read the Bible at home, it was not being done and it was not being passed on.

Those sayings started setting in in me. I started to believe what my parents were saying; they are my parents, correct? I started repeating those same statements until I was thoroughly in my adulthood. I would read the Bible and get confused trying to understand it on my own. I would argue with others trying to explain it to me with their limited knowledge and they too not quite understanding what they were reading; they too were just repeating what they had been told and did not quite understand it or how to explain it. So I thought to myself “Why go to Church” if they are also confused?

 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Four Points
I would like to talk to you tonight very briefly about four points in this Scripture.
1. Regenerate (weaned, no regard – new creation)
2. Reconciliation (reconciled)
3. Representative (ambassador)
4. Request (appeal)

God Bless,
Jesus Loves YOU!

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