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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Teen Tuesday: Church Attendance

Church Attendance
Written by Nicholas Moragne

            Many have accepted the philosophy for themselves of attending church when convenient.  Although many believe this way, does that justify missing a church service? One of the most commonly asked questions in our day and age is “Why do we attend church?”  Church attendance is not just a “good suggestion,” it is God’s will for all believers. (Hebrews 10:25)
            The word “church” is commonly defined as a building used to worship God, but the definition goes much deeper than this. In the Bible, the word “church” comes from the Greek word “ecclesia”, which means a called out assembly. From this fact, we can conclude that the church is made up of the body of believers. (Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 5:22-32; 1 Peter 2:9)
            A question that may arise is, “What is the difference between a church function and a church service?” When attending a church function, there are many elements that are lacking such as: baptism, the Lord’s supper, and an offering. When we attend a church service these elements are all present at one time. (Titus 1:3; Ephesians 4:11) Attending church is very important, because God has a message from the man of God and if we don’t show up we are hindering God from speaking to us.
            There are many reasons why we should attend church and one of them is being able to express our love for Christ. One way we can show Christ that we love Him is by obeying Him. The Bible states in 1 John 5:3, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” People obey authority figures out of fear or punishment, but God wants us to obey Him because we love Him.
            Another reason why we should go to church is that it keeps us accountable. There will be many times in our life where we will want to stray away from the things of God, but this is where a preacher, or a youth pastor plays a vital role, because they are able to point us in the right direction. It may be things we don’t want to hear, but correction is necessary for essential growth in Christ. The Bible states in Hebrews 13:17, “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”
            In conclusion, we have determined church is vitally important in our walk with God. The church is the place where we receive spiritual nourishment to help us throughout the week. God, the creator of the universe died for us, the least we can do is show up for church.

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