I am a spirit filled, born again child of God. I’m a studier of the word and believe that His word is a living thing – just as meaningful and real today as when it was written. I believe God’s word is literal. My faith and spirituality are the glue that holds everything together.
And I believe in corporate worship.
I’ve been a member of the same small town non-denominational church for the past 17 years. We’ve been through a lot together. We are a family. We started with 15 members and now have over 150 in most services. We’ve stood together through building a church without going into debt, then a large fellowship hall. Gods favor has always been on us.
For the past 2 years I have been a part of a small group of women who meet every Tuesday morning for a girlfriend’s bible study. We meet again one evening a week with our husbands for couples bible study. We dig deep. Really deep. Understanding and walk with God, life changing deep. It’s been amazing!
I fill myself with the word all week long.
However, I have become a slacker about going to church on Sundays. My husband works 6 days a week. Sunday is his only day off so it’s easy to use that as a reason to stay home with him on Sunday mornings.
I tell myself that I am getting fed throughout the week, that it’s OK. But really, it’s not.
While going to church and corporate worship have nothing to do with whether we’re saved and going to heaven, it does feed our souls, keeps us accountable and a part of something bigger than ourselves.
In church yesterday it suddenly hit me that I’ve been missing so much by not going as often as I should.
There’s just something so special and moving about corporate worship and praise…being in the presence of others who love and honor God with songs of praise and prayers of worship.
It dawned on me just how much I miss out by not attending church regularly. While I often have a Holy Ghost experience during my private prayer and worship time, I still need to gather together with other believers.
So why is it important to attend church from a Christian’s viewpoint?
1. First of all, corporate worship is a biblical mandate.
The writer of Hebrews says (Hebrews 10:23-25 AMP) Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word];24 and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds,25 not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching.
2. It’s important for our spiritual health. It keeps the spiritual fires burning. There are some graces and blessings that we only experience when we are gathered together in his name.
3. We all need a spiritual jump start. To quote Martin Luther …
at home, in my own house, there is no warmth or vigor in me, but in the church when the multitude is gathered together, a fire is kindled in my heart and it breaks its way through.”
4. Church gives us a sense of community. Family you can depend on when we are weak or the going gets tough. People who love us and have our backs no matter what.
5. Assurance that God loves us and we are never alone. Fellowship with other believers helps us to remember this.
God did not make us to worship in solitary. There’s joy, learning, accountability and special blessings in corporate worship.
Yesterday during church service while singing praise songs, lifting hands in worship and being wrapped in my brothers and sisters arms – being told how much they miss me when I am not there…I was reminded of all these things.
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