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(Part 6) Why should I go to church?

By Block Island Christian Fellowship | Aug 23, 2014

A Summary As To Why Should I Go To Church?

Contained below is a summary as to why I should go to church that is derived from each of the scripture sections that we have previously looked at.

In front of each section is a checkbox.

If the church that you are attending presents the reason mentioned in their teaching or preaching, then check the box.

If not, then don’t check the box.

Each checked box will be given one point, the highest score being 31.

The closer your score is to 31, will indicate that the church that you are attending is supporting the reasons that are contained in scripture as to why you should go to church.

So read each reason and begin checking boxes.

 

We should to go church:

So that our conduct and character are disciplined in accordance with God’s word and we are empowered by a love which has in it no foreign admixture of self-deceit and hypocrisy. Ja 1:27

So that we are able to avoid worldliness (i.e., the values and behavior of the world27) Ja 1:27

So that we may learn how to love God, and not the world as a habit of life. 1 Jn 2:15

In order to stop loving the world with a self-initiated love, because of its preciousness. 1 Jn 2:15

In order to learn how to love God the Father as generated in the heart of the yielded believer by the Holy Spirit. 1 Jn 2:15

In order to learn how to be continually controlled by the Holy Spirit. Eph 5:18

In order to learn how to have God’s love manifest in us, that kind of love that overcomes an imperfect state of things. 1 Jn 2:5

In order to learn to recognize the old man, i. e., as we were before our mode of thought, feeling, action, had been changed28, and put him off. Eph 4:22

In order to put on the new man, the fruit of inward renewal, which takes place when we are spiritually transformed in mind, to be new in the attitude of the mind. Eph 4:24

In order to learn the truths that Christ teaches with the result being that we will find rest (relief; refreshment; rejuvenation) for ourselves in our soul, a proper fellowship with God. Matt 11:28

In order to learn how not to war according to the flesh, but how to war with spiritual weapons. 2 Cor 10:3

In order to learn how to have our confidence be placed in the government and guidance of the Holy Spirit29. 2 Cor 10:3

In order to learn how to pull down strongholds (to destroy the defenses of the enemy, which are difficult to destroy).  2 Cor 10:4

In order to learn how to cast down imaginations (to destroy reasonings, which are opposed to the truths of God’s word). 2 Cor 10:5

In order to learn how to destroy every high thing (as something made high, and belongs to those regions of air where the powers of darkness 'exalt themselves' against Christ and us30; to refute every exalted opinion respecting the dignity and purity of the human nature).          2 Cor 10:5

In order to learn how to bring into captivity (under control) every thought (intent of the mind) in order to obey Christ in the way that we think. 2 Cor 10:5

In order to be edified by means of prophecy (a speaking forth of God’s message in the common language of the hearers under the guidance of the Holy Spirit) which is used for edification (to speak what contains doctrine fitted to edify; for the spiritual growth and development of character of believers; to build doctrine in the soul for the spiritual growth of all believers31); for exhortation (encouragement, which can include reproof); and comfort (to remove sadness). 1 Cor 14:3

In order to be edified by means of the gift of tongues as long as there is someone available that has the gift of interpretation of tongues. 1 Cor 14:5

So that humility can be produced in us by taking advantage of certain realities such as:

consolation (strengthening) in Christ; comfort (a word which comes to the side of one to stimulate or comfort32) springing out of love (God’s love); fellowship (participation in the influences) of the Spirit; and bowels and mercies (a concern and love for other members of God’s family produced by the Spirit). Phil 2:1

So that the believers will live in a state of harmony or unity amongst themselves, seeking out the virtues of our fellow believers and concentrating on their affairs for their advantage by embracing the state of mind known as humility. Phil 2:3

So that those who have been given an office gift may assist in perfecting (mending, repairing, or correcting all that is deficient) us; for Christian service; and for edification (to cause us to grow strong) so that we are on a fixed course, not being carried about by every wind of teaching. Eph 4:11-16

In order to learn about basic Christian teaching, especially teaching which contrasts the New Testament belief system with Judaism or any other religion whose followers have become born-again Christians. Hopefully, as we do, we will hold fast to these new truths, teaching them to others. As we remain firm in these elementary truths we will have the correct foundation with which to proceed onward receiving more mature teachings so that we can proceed to the stage of spiritual adulthood. Heb 5:12-14 & Heb. 6:1-2

So that we can hear the word spoke from those in leadership, which is designed to provide rest in our soul, a rest which has been obtained by believing the message, letting it find its way into our minds and making it our own, so that we can have victory over our enemies (those from within and those from without). Heb 4:1-11

In order to hear about God’s viewpoint concerning ourselves, others, and the circumstances of life with the hope that we will repent (have a change of mind) concerning our wrong thought patterns in these areas by putting on the mind of Christ and thereby becoming set free from the captivity of Satanic influence. 2 Tim 2:24-26

Because it puts us in the place where God can establish (make firm and solid) and comfort (encourage; to cheer up) us in our faith by using those in leadership and other members of the body of Christ, who are equipped, to be able to help us when persecution arises.          1 Thes 3:1-6

Because it allows us to show our appreciation to those in leadership, who put their assembly in mind of the truth; to warn them of danger; to exhort them to perform their duty; to admonish them if they go astray33). 1 Thess 5:12-13

In order to learn how to be controlled by a living relationship knowledge of God’s will for us by means of intellectual perception, and by those things taught by the Holy Spirit (of clear analysis and decision-making in applying this knowledge to various problems34); so that we are able to evidence Christlikeness to others that is revealed in patience (endurance when circumstances are difficult) and longsuffering (patience exhibited under ill treatment by people) with joyfulness (thanksgiving). Col 1:9-11

So that we can receive instruction as to how to help a fellow believer who has been caught in the act of committing sin, to learn how to become an overcomer (i.e. of troublesome moral faults; or of any problems that might befall them). Gal. 6:1-2,5

So that we are provided with:

teaching (instruction in doctrine); an awareness of the meetings of the saints for communal meals which are centered on intimate worship, sharing, and learning the scriptures35 that are followed by the Lord’s Supper; an opportunity to participate in prayers (supplications to God for an increase of grace and life in their own souls; for establishment in the truth which they had received; and for the extension of the kingdom of Christ in the salvation of men)36 with the result being that some of those, who are unbelievers, when they observe God working in the believer’s lives, come forward to believe in Christ and be converted. Acts 2:42-47

So that we are provided with basic doctrinal teachings of the faith (e.g. eternal security, forgiveness; redemption; etc.) along with learning how to walk in the Spirit. When these teachings have become appropriated by us and are a part of our thought processes throughout our day, then we will testify to the life, instructions, death, and resurrection of Christ. Acts 1:4-5,8

So that we are presented with according to its teachings not only the doctrines of the faith, not only about the life, death, resurrection of Christ, but knowledge about the newness of thoughts that we should be appropriating concerning every area of human weakness or strength. Simply learning about facts or stories about Jesus is not enough. Phil 3:10

 

What did you get for a score?

It is understand that the scores will vary.

One of the main thoughts to keep in mind is, is the church that I am attending preaching the gospel, which is the good news about who Christ is and what he has done?

Are they communicating to those who attend that none of us can get to know God in a personal way without receiving the Holy Spirit in our life?

This receiving in the Holy Spirit is not based on water baptism; is not based on attending church regularly; is not based on observing certain days of the year; is not based on partaking in communion, is not based on some production of our flesh.

Receiving the Holy Spirit begins with us recognizing that we are a sinner, who might have committed some of these sins (e.g. murder; rape; fornication, adultery, pedophilia, homosexuality; lesbianism; mental attitude sins of jealousy, lust, etc.), and desires to have a change of mind concerning our sinful thoughts, words, and actions.

This is to be followed by expressing belief in Jesus Christ, who as God pre-existed time being one of the members of the trinity, who left heaven, being born of a virgin, taking upon himself the form of a man, walking on the earth sinless, dying on the cross in order to pay for the debt of sin in order to satisfy the justice of God, forgiving (wiping away the record of) sins; being raised from the dead having his soul and spirit reenter his human body in the tomb, which then became transformed into a glorified body to never die again, and finally ascending into heaven to be seated at the right hand of another member of the trinity, God the Father.

This acknowledgement of sin and confession of believing in Christ is the basis for the receiving of the Holy Spirit to indwell the body.

Along with preaching the gospel to unbelievers, hopefully they are teaching the believers how to become an adult son in Christ?

But if the church we are attending reverts to do’s and don’ts in order to get to know God, then God’s love, peace, and joy won’t become consistently experienced by you in your walk with Him.

So what I want you to do is look at the sections that you haven’t checked.

If they clearly indicate that the church you are attending is not preaching the gospel or if they are preaching the gospel, but choose a ritualistic approach in order to get to know God in a personal way, then leave.

You need both the indwelling and infilling of the Holy Spirit. With the indwelling and no infilling you will not grow and manifest Christlikeness to others.

Without the indwelling you will never receive the Holy Spirit.

I hope that you have enjoyed this study as much as I have in preparing it. God Bless.

 

Why Should I Go To Church?

Church should be a place where we learn how to have an intimate relationship with God.

I’m sure that when I say something like this it sounds crazy to many. God is up there according to some and we are down here. If this is all there is to our relationship to God, then what is the point? Why even meet for church if all that it really is, is a social gathering that is held in the name of God without ever really getting to know Him.

Can you imagine what a marriage would be like if we never met our wife. We kind of think that she exists, but have never had intimacy with her.

Is this what your relationship with God is like?

You think he exists, but have never met him.

Do you want this kind of relationship with God to continue?

Remember what I said earlier. When you go to church listen in particular for these two things. Is the gospel presented to unbelievers? Are there teachings for believers that will help them address areas of human weakness and strength?

If these teachings are promoted in the church that you are attending, then God will show up.

If these teachings are not promoted in the church that you are attending, then get out. You are involved with religion, devoid of God’s presence and influence.

Thanks for reading this manuscript.

 

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