For the majority of my life (until the last few years), I was expected to be in “church” for every bible class, worship assembly, and most special events because I was either the son of the preacher or I was the preacher. My involvement in church activities, from an outsider’s perspective, was tied to financial remuneration and the obligation to keep up a good image. While those two things are not entirely untrue in every instance, they have only on rare occasion been my motivation for “going” to church.
I haven’t been on staff with a church for four years, but I still am as involved as I was when I was being paid to show up (at least that might have been the perception of some folks who didn’t know me well). No, I don’t preach every Sunday anymore, but I do lead worship regularly. No, I don’t make decisions about direction or vision, but I teach class and make suggestions and serve where I am needed.
Church is important to me even though I am not currently being paid a salary by a church, nor am I am an elder or a deacon. So, let me give you a few good reasons why I “go” to church and why you should also.
First, Jesus Christ died for me, and when I confessed my belief in Him and was baptized into Christ then I was added to the Church (Acts 2:38-47). I belong to the Body of Christ, of which He is the Head. He is the Savior of the Body of Christ, of which I and all others who have been saved by Him are a part (Ephesians 5:23, Acts 2:47). I owe Him more than I can ever repay in a thousand lifetimes, and if He sees church as important, then I will always be an active member of His Body, the Church.
Second, I need my brothers and sisters in Christ to encourage me, challenge me, correct me, and love me, and I need to do the same for them. Life is hard, and when I make poor choices it gets even harder. Jesus knows that we need each other if we hope to keep the Faith and “stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:23-25). The truth is, when I am separated from fellow Christians, no matter the reason, I cannot help them and they cannot help me. “Going” to church is one of the key factors that keeps my life on track.
Third, active involvement in church is crucial to my family’s emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. My wife and I met in church. Our primary relationship is with the Lord, which in turn, helps us to love each other more deeply and serve each other more fully (Ephesians 5:21-33). Our involvement in Bible study, worship, fellowship, and ministry with the Church is what has enabled us to have a very good marriage for nearly 24 years. That same engagement with whatever local church we have been involved with has been crucial to any success we have had in raising our four children also. As a father, I am supposed to nurture my children in the Lord and teach them to love and obey Him (Ephesians 6:4). I would fail miserably if it weren’t for my brothers and sisters in Christ. My children absolutely love going to church, and that connection to the Church is the most important thing to our family.
Let me briefly recap: 1) I am a part of the Body that Jesus died to save; 2) I am benefited and I benefit others by being actively involved in church; and 3) My family’s well-being is tied to our active church involvement.
If you aren’t actively involved in a church in your area and would like help finding one to visit, please contact me, and I will help you. If you aren’t as involved as you should in your church family where you live, then I urge you to get more involved.
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“…to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:21)