Why Is Church So Important?

Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

Acts 2:42 (NLT)
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.

On Sunday September 18, 2011, we celebrate National Back to Church Sunday. Today we want to answer the question, “Why is church so important?” The way I see it, church is important for a number of reasons. First, we all of spiritual needs. Over the years I have heard people say, “Well, I’m just not a religious person.” To this I would suggest that everyone is religious about something. As a sports fan, I realize that some people can be religious about their sports teams. It is the focus of their attention and something that they are very passionate about. Others are religious about their automobiles. My father used to work with a man who owned two Cadillac’s, and he made his wife wash them everyday while he was at work. Now that’s religious! The point is that we are all religious about something because we have spiritual needs that we try to fill with various things in our lives. However, the only thing that can truly fill that need is a relationship with our maker. Second, church is important because we all have physical needs. From time to time we all get sick or suffer from aches and pains of different kinds. It’s a part of life. Sometimes people get hit with diseases that are either crippling or life threatening. The Bible teaches that God is able to heal diseases! James, the half-brother of Jesus, said, “Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven” (James 5:14-15, NLT). Other times we find ourselves in a position where we need financial help, and church is a great place to find that help. While we cannot always help everyone, we try our best and do what we can to help those in need. The third reason that church is important is because we all have social needs. Once I worked with MRDD adults, and one of my clients was a man named Tom. His chart said the reason for his problems was “a lack of psycho-social stimulation.” In other words, he was a slow learner back in the days when we really didn’t know much about these kind of conditions. As a result, Tom was put in an institution, where he was generally ignored and his brain deteriorated. He need social interaction and didn’t get it. If you lock someone away with no social interaction eventually they will go crazy. We all need someone to love us, and we all need somewhere to belong. Church is a great place to belong and it meets our spiritual and physical needs as well. To sum it all up, we all could use a little church! It does the body, and the spirit, good!

 

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

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