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Why Should I Attend Church

Why should I attend church since most of the churches today meet only once per week and then just ask for my money for attending?

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 ---Thomas on 6/5/06
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There are at least 4 basic reasons for attending church. One, the Bible encourages it, two, worship of the Lord with others, three, to receive Christian education,and four, to have fellowship with other belivers. It might be wise to look for a church that isn't always asking for money, since this seems to be an area you don't like. (There are churches that don't ask for money. For example: the church my wife and I attend has never asked for money.)
---WIVV on 4/16/08


You should be led by the Spirit to the church the Lord chooses for you. Not neccessarily where you want to go. Had Noah's (preacher of righteousness, type and shadow of Christ) sons (type and shadow of the Lord's children, or saints) forsook the assembly (refused to attend church to be fed, taught, grow to endure) they would have perished with the rest of the world. (been left behind for the wrath of God to be poured out)
Frank
---Frank on 5/26/07


If we have ever experienced anything close to what the six winged seraphs experienced; even a glimpse of the majesty of God, we would be falling all over ourselves to worship Him. Church isn't the problem. Who are you in love with?
---Bud on 5/25/07


.thomas, you err in saying "most" churches meet only 1 time each week only to ask for your money. Truly there are still a few good churches in right opperation in the land today, and they meet more than once a week and actually care about your soul, but you need to find the right one that is for you. Churching is a good practice. Grant it though, finding the right church truly is not an easy thing to do in these last days where most of them are corrupt.
---Eloy on 5/25/07


Jody::Church is a place where we gather together to owe allegience To Almighty God,Pay him homage & due respect& recieve His word & Graces.Jesus said "When 2or more people are Gathered together in my Name There I am amongst You"Sorry to disagree.
---Emcee on 5/25/07




Jody::Church is a place where we gather together to owe allegience To Almighty God,Pay him homage & due respect& recieve His word & Graces.Jesus said "When 2or more people are Gathered together in my Name There I am amongst You"Sorry to disagree.
---Emcee on 5/25/07


Jody: **There is nothing in the Bible that says you do. It says to not forsake the assembly of the brotherhood. WE need Christian fellowship.**

I could go mad, in a nice way, of course, trying to understand just how Jody says the Bible means "black" when it clearly says "white."
---Jack on 5/25/07


Attending church is part of honoring our faith in God. We worship and praise God together with our church family.It helps us grow in the faith. We recive instruction from pastors/teachers from the Word of God. Church was instituted by God. In obedience to God we attend. We meet and greet our christian family there. Give and receive love. There are many reasons for attending church. We are required to give to the church out of love and kindness. We are blessed by God when we give.
---Robyn on 5/25/07


Thomas, My answer is that you do not have to attend CHURCH as we know it. There is nothing in the Bible that says you do. It says to not forsake the assembly of the brotherhood. WE need Christian fellowship. Jesus and his disciples had no idea that "assembly" would turn into businesses. Maybe you could seek out a small home fellowship if you can find one or find a small (even poor) church were you can find fellowship and possibly teachings of the Bible. Blessings to you
---jody on 5/25/07


I think that attending church is beneficial as a reminder of what you believe and as a form of communal worship. Our Father in Heaven gave us ritual because most parents know that children respond better and remember better with ritual. Jesus established a church with presbyters to confer the gift of the Holy Spirit and tend to the spiritual needs of His flock. If He thought we could make it on our own, He would have inspired the invention of the printing press 1400 years sooner.
---lorra8574 on 5/25/07




**The right kind of church will meet at least 3 times a week and once a week for visitation. **

Please give book, chapter, and verse for this that led you to this conclusion, Shira.
---Jack on 5/25/07


I don't know what kind of church you attend but I don't blame you for not wanting to go. The right kind of church will meet at least 3 times a week and once a week for visitation. We also have ladies meetings and mens meetings and lots of fellowship. Our pastor takes an offering, but he hardly ever mentions money.
---shira on 5/25/07


Hi Helen, nice to hear from you again. Did you miss my questions posed to you on "How You Came to Christ"?
christianblogs.christianet.com/1152737847.htm

Looking forward to hearing from you.

BTW, I'm not Roman Catholic.
---Tina5349 on 7/21/06


Tina 5349 - ("All that He did, He gives to us through His word and sacraments"). That is a Roman Catholic Church teaching that is completely false. Salvation is by faith in Jesus' finished work on the Cross, not by anything that we do. It is all what Christ has already done, by faith.
---Helen_5378 on 7/21/06


Tina 5349 - ("I go to church to get my sins forgiven and go to heaven"). I go directly to Jesus to get my sins forgiven and go to heaven. Jesus saves, not a church. There is life only in Jesus, not in a church.
---Helen_5378 on 7/21/06


Way back on 6/5/06, Tom2 gave a good response which cuts to the heart of the matter. Thomas, I'm not going to beat up on anyone who already seems spiritually injured. We must admit the question reflects how many see our relationship with God and His people. We can see it as a bargain/deal where we get more service for the money or we can have a thankful heart for our precious Savior and long for His return so much that we hang out with His family.
---Geoff on 7/21/06


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It's been over a month now since this post. I would love to know how things are progressing with Thomas or anyone who shares this question. Be assured of my love and prayers, and most of all, God's love, care and understanding.
---Geoff on 7/21/06


Why shouldn't you attend church?why should one eat?why should one sleep?because they are necessities of life."My Fathers house is a house of Prayer."Same as we require nourishment for our bodies, we need nourishment for our souls.What effort we put in, we get back,just like Your income tax refund.We congregate to worship the Lord because that is what He has said "when One or more are gathered to gether in my name I am there among them".This is sufficient reason to attend church.
---Emcee on 7/20/06


#4 He went all the way to Calvary for our sins. All that He did, He gives to us through His word and sacraments. We are not in control, He is. He gives us everything when He forgives our sins. He strengthens us to live out His gifts, not through *our* doing, but His. I am a forgiven sinner and I live in the freedom He gives me as His forgiven child. He forgives us more sins than we've got. Where there is forgiveness of sins there is life and salvation. For freedom He has made you free.
---Tina5349 on 7/20/06


#3 He gathers and knits us together in the receiving of His gifts. We are the body of Christ, prompted by the gifts he puts into us to live out the Christian life. If you are talking about yourself and what you are doing for God, how does that tie in with Jesus? Are you just puffing yourself up? Jesus isn't my savior because of all the nice things I can say about Him. He is my savior because He took all my sins on the cross. It is finished.
---Tina5349 on 7/20/06


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#2 He shall be called Jesus, for he shall save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21
---Tina5349 on 7/20/06


#1 The answer centers in the Person of Jesus and what *He* does. Otherwise we are just talking about ourselves and our personal preferences. The Lord doesn't belong to you. You belong to the Lord. We go to church to hear the words of the Lord in the way He has given for us to hear them. If you are not there, you are not there to receive His gifts. His words deliver what they say, the forgiveness of sins. Church is for sinners only. If you don't have any sins, don't bother with Jesus or Church.
---Tina5349 on 7/20/06


When you are "really" converted,God will give you that desire. As far as giving, "your money",you are only a "steward" of God's money. If this church,is "begging", and only meets once a week, you should consider, praying on the issue, and allow God to send you to another church, where you can be equippped, nurtured, and fed the Word of God, and grow in your faith. But, first of all, you MUST BE BORN-AGAIN, AND SPIRIT FILLED! Amen
---sandr5667 on 7/20/06


What Tina said, is the exact reason that I do not go to church anymore. TINA IS SO VERY WRONG! Salvation is not in going to church. It's a real relationship with God's beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
Some of you wouldn't believe what goes on in a lot of churches. There is NO protection in the church!
---Eli on 7/12/06


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You know, 2000 years ago, this question would not even have come up. It would NEVER have occurred to believers to ask why they should come to the Ecclesia.

The price for apostasy--denying one was a Christian--or grave sins (morally the same thing) was PERMANENT exclusion from Christian worship.

This just goes to show the big chasm between American individualistic salvation and the true NT Church.
---Jack on 6/7/06


Tina; you must not feel the love of God in the church you belong to. I don't have to go to church in order for my sins to be forgiven. I can do that anywhere. You can go to church all you want to, but that isn't going to get you into heaven. But going to church is all about YOU, isn't it? Do you care if others see God in you, do you show love? All your worried about is going to church to be seen. There are no I's in GOD.
---Rebecca_D on 6/7/06


Tina- Are you saying that, like SO many others today, that church is all about YOU and YOUR needs, and who cares about ministering to GOD in worship and in service, not to mention reaching out and touching the lives of anybody else??? "balderdash! I go to get MY....WHATEVER" does not reflect the heart of a servant of God, I'm sorry
---T.S. on 6/6/06


"When someone walks into a church, they should automaticly feel the presence of the Lord and the love from other members. When a person gets saved, God automatictly puts a desire into a person to want to go to church. With you having a attitude like that, with all churches, you must not have a desire to go."

Balderdash!

I go to church to get my sins forgiven and go to heaven.
---Tina5349 on 6/6/06


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Well I wouldn't go to a church like that. Who would want to? I admit churches only think about how much money they can get and how much members they can add saved or unsaved. When someone walks into a church, they should automaticly feel the presence of the Lord and the love from other members. When a person gets saved, God automatictly puts a desire into a person to want to go to church. With you having a attitude like that, with all churches, you must not have a desire to go.
---Rebecca_D on 6/6/06


3. HIS commands (not suggestions) are clear, and there's going to be a LOT of people answering to him on why they robbed him- (I don't have to tell you vs and ch, you know the scripture well)
---T.S. on 6/6/06


2. Unfortunately, there is a lot of expense in running a church, just as there is in running any house or business. And if one is so tight-fisted with...THIER money, that person is more of a hindrance than a help to the local "soul-winning headquarters", the local church. How did we ever come to believe the LIE that WE can decide how to use GOD'S MONEY.
---T.S. on 6/6/06


no one informed the asker of the question about the main function of the church- to reach the lost. Yes, worship, fellowship, learning- these are all vital parts of church attendance- but if our ultimate goal is not to go outside and minister to the communities around our church, then we are missing the main reason WHY we worship, fellowship, and learn- to equip us for harvest reaping.
---T.S. on 6/6/06


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You should go to chruch to obey God & his commandments. Fellowship. Do not worry about the money part, but give wat you can when you can at your own descision.God loves a cheerful giver.
---Candice on 6/6/06


One good reason to attend church is to fellowship in love with others with similar beliefs and needs. Fellowship helps bolster our faith and makes us accountable to one another.
It brings us together in an environment which allows us to increase our love for one another and to encourage one another.
Finally we are encouraged by the Lord not to forsake assembling with others since it is not good to face temptation/life's challenges while isolated. P.
---Pierr5358 on 6/6/06


There should be no fee for actually attending church but anyone who attends a church for the correct reason should be happy to contribute financially to the running of the place. Fresh air does not pay for heating, lighting, carpets, hymn sheets etc. Are you sure that they meet only once a week? The majority of churches that I know have at least one mid-week meeting, some have several. Much depends on the congregation and the needs of each age group.
---M.P. on 6/6/06


Thomas, if that's happening, then you're going to the wrong church. You should go today because the bible says: "Do not forsake the gathering of the brethren." We need others to fellowship with, to learn from, to do things with. We need to hear the word preached in Spirit and Life. We need to gather together to Worship Father God. There's more power in numbers, one of you will put a thousand to flight, two of you will put 10,000 to flight. You should pray corprately with church folks.
---Donna9759 on 6/6/06


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Thomas, if you are attending a church where you are not being feed, are not being called to action on justice and mercy, not entering the presence of God, I wouldnt got to church either. I would never have thought that I would find all of these things in an Episcopal Church, but I am sure that if you put in the time you can find a place of worship too, so don't exclude any church. Bless you in your journey.
---randy on 6/6/06


If that's the kind of church I was going to I'd be asking the same question. I'd find a different one and in the meantime I'd try to be the one who was making a difference. Scripturally, the assembly if for the corporate use of Spiritual gifts, the preaching and teaching of the Word, corporate prayer, encouragement, and praise and worship.
---john on 6/6/06


You should attend a church that has good fellowship & does not come across asknig for your money. The bible says that we need fellowship to strengthen eachother, as for tithing you give what oyu can WHEN God provides it for you, NOT because the people are asking. God loves a cheerful giver, hope this helps some.Focus less on money & more on a church that is IN THE WORD OF GOD.
---candice on 6/5/06


Friend you are missing totally what Gods word says.don't deny the coming together of yourselves.We come together for fellowship ,to srenghten each other, to encourage one another. to practice corporate worship.The same way the early church did immediately after christ ascended back to heaven.They were together 7- 24 .They sold all their possessions and property and gave the proceeds to each other as there was need.The money collected is for the work of the kingdom ,not a cover charge
---tom2 on 6/5/06


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