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It’s Monday … did you get yourself to church on the weekend?

The image and quote, above, remind us not to go to church, but to be the church, in order to achieve change in our world.

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you will know that I do hold to that belief. You will know that I do not see church as a social club, where people attain a group of friends who they spend all of their recreational time with. You will know that I believe that we need to also spend time with those who might not darken the door of a church, who have been hurt by life, by the church, as sharers of the light of Christ.

But …

I do go to church (and not just because I sleep beside one of the pastors there), and I do believe the habit of going to a church, being part of that community, using our gifts to contribute to the body of believers, together worshiping one God, studying the Bible as a group are all vital contributors to my growth as a believer in Christ.

You see, going to church might not change the world, but …

it changes me.

Sure, I could study the Bible on my own (actually, anyone who has studied the Bible to teach or preach from it will tell you that personal study is the best study), I could give my resources of money and time to Christian community work, I could spend time with Christian people,

but …

if I am not practicing the habit of going to church to experience corporate worship, prayer and learning, I am a deficient Christian. I am deficient in my soul’s need to know I am not alone, to know there are others who believe the same things, pray for each other and worship together.

“But it is you,
a man like myself,
my companion, my close friend,
with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship
at the house of God,
as we walked among the worshippers.”
Psalm 55:13-14

 

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