What is the purpose of church? Why can’t we just worship God and leave it at that? Churches are intimidating places, so why can’t we just be a Christian in solitude? Why do I need to spend time with people who bother me from time to time? Why are there so many hypocrites in the church? These have been questions that have rattled around in my brain many times. Perhaps you have thought one of them at some point. Each one of these questions are valid and observable. So, what is the point?
Think of church (the weekly gathering) as a place in which imperfect people, who sometimes fail, get together to worship God and learn. Are there still hypocrites? Yes, of course….but that has never stopped anyone from going to the mall or their local grocery store. These places are packed full of people who do not live consistent lives, and the experience is not centered around God. When we attend a regular gathering such as church, we are engaging in a safe controlled experience in which we learn how to deal with conflict, grow deeper in our faith, and what it means to live a life that looks more and more like Jesus Christ. We grow closer to God when we show others mercy, handle conflict in a health way, and seek maturity in our walk.
Church is more than just a place to be seen once a week. It is a place that requires effort, and sacrifice. Choose to become more mature in your faith. Ask God to guide you in this process.
….to be continued