We have been engaged in a series on Tuesday evenings entitled Why? Utilizing the Word of God, we are answering many pertinent questions people may have. Recently we answered the question; Why Do We Need The Church? First of all, we must understand that we are mandated by the Word of God to attend church. The Scripture says in Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” We are living in a day when in many places people seemingly are doing other things besides going to church on Sundays. In fact many churches have decreased the amount of services they have when actually with all of life’s situations we could probably use more church. The Bible says again “as the manner of some is.” May I say some folks have bad manners because it’s bad manners not to attend church. I need the church!
Another reason I need the church is because I need fellowship with other believers. The book of Ecclesiastes says “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up” (Eccl. 4:9-10). I need others to strengthen me, pray for me, and encourage me. Also, it should be my goal to do the same for them. We need not only to attend church “so much the more as we see the day approaching, but exhort one another “so much the more” (Heb. 10:25). Paul wrote to the Romans and told them to “follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another” (Rom. 14:19). One likely place for this to happen is in church.
Godly fellowship is a needed thing. The Bible says of the early church “they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42). A research project on relationships by a Harvard social scientist tracked the lives of seven thousand people over nine years. They found that the most isolated people were three times more likely to die than those who had strong relational connections. People who had bad health habits, but strong social ties lived significantly longer than people who had great health habits, but were isolated. In other words, it is better to eat donuts with good friends than to eat broccoli alone. I need the church!
I need the church because it makes me better. Lacking though I may be, I am a better man because of the church. I am a better husband, father, employee (and the list goes on), because of the church. If a person fails to attend a truth preaching and practicing assembly, they are living far below their potential. I need the church!
The church helps to promote spiritual growth. The Bible says in 1 Peter 3:18 “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” The ministry is a gift to me to help me to do just that (see Ephesians 4:11-16). Church ought to be an inspirational experience, but probably more than that, it should also be an educational experience. I need the church!
Lastly, I need help! Maybe you’ve got life by the tail as the saying goes. Maybe you never have a problem, never sick, never discouraged, never weary. If you’re like most of us however, you need help from time to time. I’m glad to know where I can receive the help I need. The Psalmist said; “Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion” (Psalm 20:2). My help is found in church where the Spirit of God will touch me, the Word of God will strengthen me, saints will pray for me, and the man of God will watch for my soul. I need the church!
We hope you feel the same way and we also hope we will see you tomorrow. We will meet for worship at the Quality Inn and Suites Conference Room located at 930 East Main Street in Abingdon, VA at 2:00. We also meet for Bible study on Tuesdays at 7:30 P.M. in room 149 of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. Please do yourself and us a favor and be a part of the church. We need each other and we need the church!