What's the Point of Going to Church?

What's the Point of Going to Church?

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welcome to what would you say every week on this channel we equip christians to answer difficult questions about faith and culture if you like what would you say a free way to support us is by hitting that subscribe button if you want to see more videos like this one hit the like button you're in a conversation and someone says i'm a christian but i don't go to church because i don't get anything from it what would you say many christians practice a do it yourself faith while a majority of the population still claims to be christian
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church attendance is at a historic low clearly a lot of people think they can follow christ without the church but in reality they're misunderstanding what the church is and why it's important and they ignore the bible's command that we gather for corporate worship so the next time someone says i'm a christian but i don't go to church because i don't get anything from it here are three things to remember number one church isn't primarily about what you get out of it the idea that we should only do things
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that benefit us in some way is deeply ingrained in our culture we tend to be individualists and consumers asking what's in it for me and constantly shopping around for the best deals and the most satisfying experiences but what if it's not all about us what if as the westminster confession puts it the chief end of human beings is to glorify god and enjoy him forever if that's the case then worship isn't a product to consume but the purpose of
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our very existence it's not a means to an end it's the end in and of itself while we can certainly worship god as individuals we can't fully worship god alone because to be a christian is to be a part of christ's church gathering together to worship god isn't about asking what's in it for me it's about gathering with other believers to fulfill our purpose of glorifying and enjoying god number two we need the church even if we don't
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think we do it's easy to dismiss organized religion as a bunch of hypocrites dressing up and pretending to be holy jesus and the apostles were pretty critical of the church in their day too but they did it as part of the church as insiders not outsiders throughout scripture the church is called the pillar and bulwark of truth a holy temple and a dwelling place for god the bride of christ against whom the gates of hell would not prevail an essential image used by paul for the
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church is the body in places like first corinthians 12 and ephesians 4 he calls each christian a part of that body and just like an eye can't say to a hand i don't need you no christian can say to the rest i don't need you what happens to an organ cut off from the rest of the body number three the bible commands us to gather the fourth commandment says to remember the sabbath day and keep it holy the jews did this through weekly assemblies
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we know from acts 20 verse 7 that the first christians assembled on sunday marking jesus resurrection and at that meeting they celebrated the lord's supper which christ commanded us to observe until he comes hebrews 10 25 commands us not to neglect this gathering and even the new testament's word for church ecclesia means a called out assembly again and again the bible models commands and assumes corporate worship the idea that christians don't need it
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is so foreign to scripture in history that it's kind of a wonder we ever thought of it no the church isn't perfect but neither are you and i that's why we need worship word and sacrament god has designed and commanded us to worship and learn together as brothers and sisters royal priests and fellow members of the body of christ we were designed for community we need each other on a regular basis and the bible knows nothing of lone ranger christianity
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so the next time someone says i'm a christian but i don't go to church because i don't get anything from it remember these three things number one church isn't primarily about what you get out of it number two we need the church even if we don't think we do number three the bible commands us to gather for what would you say i'm shane morris [Music] if you like this video click the like
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