There are many people who believe, but are afraid to go to church and grow. They’re afraid that, since they weren’t brought up in church, that they wouldn’t fit in. They’re afraid that they aren’t knowledgeable enough about the Bible to mix with other Christians. They forget that 2000 years ago, every Christian was a new Christian, and most of them weren’t even familiar with Judaism and the Old testament, but they learned and they grew.
Reading the Bible, especially the New Testament, is important; but knowing what the Bible teaches is more important. My book, “God, Reward and Punishment”, explains why Jesus said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you“, and that this simple law was the essence of the Laws and the teachings of the prophets. It, also, explains why church is so important.
We go to church to worship God – to sing praises and thanksgiving to Him (lift Him up, and be lifted up), to find strength and encouragement from the sermon and with our relations with others, who believe as we do. Church is the sanctuary of love and healing, in mind, body and spirit.
It is a refuge of the down-trodden, the mistreated and the lonely. And it all depends on how we use the “Golden Rule”. Do you want friendliness from others, then be friendly. If you want love, then love others. If you want forgiveness, find forgiveness in your heart for others. If you want compassion and support, then be compassionate and support others.
Church life isn’t difficult to fit into. It all depends on how much we love God, and our brothers and sisters. There is no need to fear. I John 14:18-20 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him[a] because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can[b] he love God whom he has not seen
Being a Christian and church life are symbionic. One nurtures and magnifies the other. A Christian grows in church by loving and supporting one another, by providing a haven for those who seek Christ, and by financing programs that reach out to those in need, and those who have special needs. By helping the church grow, we grow and people are saved from the secular world, and find “life and life more abundantly”. Church is not to be feared, it is salvation for all. See you in church Sunday.
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