ONLINE BIBLE STUDY FOR WEEK 48 (23-11-15)

November 25, 2015

TOPIC: CHURCH

 

QUESTION: "WHY DO WE GO TO CHURCH?

 

Study References: Exodus 20:8-11, Hebrews 10:24-25, Romans 10:17.

 

After a man is born again, he needs to grow in faith and in the knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18 says; "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen."

 

We go to church for many reasons, it is good for believers. Hebrews 10:25 says; "we should not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Even in the early church, some were falling into the bad habit of not meeting with other believers.

 

The early church “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42). We should follow that example of devotion. Back then, they had no designated church building, but “every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts” (Acts 2:46). Wherever the meeting takes place, believers thrive on fellowship with other believers and the teaching of God’s Word.

 

When a person trusts Jesus Christ for salvation, he or she is made a member of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). For a church body to function properly, all of its “body parts” need to be present and working (1 Corinthians 12:14–20). It’s not enough to just attend a church; we should be involved in some type of ministry to others, using the spiritual gifts God has given us (Ephesians 4:11–13). A believer will never reach full spiritual maturity without being a part of the church for the outlet of  his/her gifts, and we all need the assistance and encouragement of other believers (1 Corinthians 12:21–26).

 

For these reasons and more, church attendance, participation, and fellowship should be regular aspects of a believer's life. Weekly church attendance is in no sense “required” for believers, but someone who belongs to Christ should have a desire to worship God, receive His Word, and fellowship with other believers.

 

Church is the place where believers can love one another (1 John 4:12), encourage one another (Hebrews 3:13), “spur” one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24), serve one another (Galatians 5:13), instruct one another (Romans 15:14), honor one another (Romans 12:10), and be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32).

 

To conclude, God instructs us to keep the sabbath day Holy. Exodus 20:8-11 says; “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days, the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
 

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