A fellow reader, shared this clipping from their local newspaper with us: “Why to go to Church?”
Complaint About Church
A church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.
” I’ve gone for 30 years now, and in that time, I have heard something like 3000 sermons, but for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. I think I’m wasting my time and the preachers and priests are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”
After a lot of controversy and letters to the editor.
A Great Response
One person wrote back:
“I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time, my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. I do know this, they all nourished me an gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today!”
“Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”
When you are down to nothing, God is up to something. Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible. Thank you God for our physical and our spiritual nourishment.
B.I.B.L.E – Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth
Scripture To Ponder
Hebrews 10:24-25 – The Voice – 24 Let us consider how to inspire each other to greater love and to righteous deeds, 25 not forgetting to gather as a community, as some have forgotten, but encouraging each other, especially as the day of His return approaches.
Since this post is based on a newspaper clipping, lets have our conclusions come from two other publications.
Huffpost Religion (Rick McDaniel)
Church is not something that you do individually, it is something that you do collectively. To be a follower of Christ is not something that you do by yourself, it is something that you do together with other people. We are what the Bible calls the “family of God.” A family is by its very nature inter-dependent. What it means to be a part of a local church is that you’re inter-dependent with other people in your church.
It is absolutely essential for spiritual growth to regularly attend church. I have this phrase, “The service you miss is the service you need.” Each service is tailored and designed to maximize your Sunday worship so that you can leave with the best possible spiritual experience. You can praise and worship God and you can learn things that you didn’t know before. You will be challenged. You’re going to be motivated. Church is where you will be inspired to go higher than you’ve gone, to live a life that is better and greater than you’ve been living, to sync your life up with God and His purpose and plan for your life. You will come to understand why you’re here on this earth; to serve, to give, and to do those things which are going to bring you maximum benefits!
.2. The Telegraph UK (Elizabeth Day)
.a. A 12-year study tracking mortality rates of more than 550 adults over the age of 65 found that those who attend services at least once a week were 35 per cent more likely to live longer than those who never attended church. The research also found that going to church boosted an elderly person’s immune system and made them less likely to suffer clogged arteries or high blood pressure.
.b. Rev Edward Lewis, the chief executive of The Hospital Chaplaincies Council, said that although the research was “very interesting,” it was not reflected in his experience. “Sickness or illness hit people who go to church just as much as those who don’t,” he said. “People get cancer at 30 even if they go four or five times a week. [HOWEVER] “Going to church doesn’t protect us from all the horrible things that happen, but it gives us the strength to cope with them.”
Why is going to Church important to you? Share your thoughts in the reply section below.