Sunday, December 6, 2009
Why Go To Church?
Without the teachers to guide me I would have probably learned very little and would have had to seek out someone to help me when questions needed answered. It was not an impossibility since I could go to a library or perhaps find those who knew something about the topics about which I had questions. The organized body of a school consolidates resources which simplifies the learning process. The social body of the school provides the support system of faculty, curriculum, and other students. A student has opportunities to socialize and become involved in sports and other outside activities. There is a sense of focus and direction in the learning process. This is not to say anything negative against home-schooling which is directed by a curriculum of learning materials and supplemented with social activitites outside the home. It is possible for one to be self-taught, but practically speaking, in most cases this scenario would be absurd.
This is similar to the person who calls themself religious, spiritual, a believer in God, or a Christian and does not go to church or participate in some sort of social interaction with other believers (which for the sake of simplicity will be included in the concept of "church" in this essay). One might say that church is like a school where God is the principal. I will provide some of the reasons followers of Jesus Christ should be a part of a church.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans 12:10 (N.I.V.)
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (New International Version)
For the body is not one member, but many.
1 Corinthians 12:14
Think a moment about a hospital. There are many different people with many different functions at a hospital. There are the doctors and nurses who care for you and bring you back to wellness. But there are also many others involved--janatorial staff to clean up, maintenance crews to keep equipment in operating order, administration to keep things organized, and many more.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:23-25 (New International Version)
Whether we want to admit or not, we are all in this world and its destiny together. If you consider yourself a follower of Jesus, then you have a commonality with all others who are also followers. We need to encourage other believers to do that which they are called to do. We are told in God's Word to meet together in order to provide encouragement to other believers.
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)