Get back to church

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Icon of Extreme Humility. No one forced Jesus to go through the trials of the cross. He humbled Himself for us. Can we not humble ourselves for Him?

‘I love God, it’s His people I have a hard time being around!’ I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard this phrase spoken from the lips of Christians. going to church is hard. It’s so hard in fact that it’s not a suggestion, but a directive. here is a small collection of bible verse on the topic of assembling together.

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.

Matthew 18:20 – For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Exodus 20:8 – Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Romans 10:17 – So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Hebrews 10:24 – And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Acts 2:42 – And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Proverbs 27:17 – Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

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.

Also (taken form another website)

Benefits of going to church regularly:

  • During Holy Mass, receiving the Body and Blood of our Lord regularly, brings us into continuous reminder that God is with us and in us. If we believe that, then it has a huge affect on our behavior and mind set.
  • Being with a community of believers is extremely encouraging. When I see fellow believers humble themselves by kneeling or going to receive the Eucharist or giving each other the sign of peace, I feel immense joy and peace. And experiencing this on a regular basis must surely be good for your soul.
  • Hearing the Word of God on a regular basis helps us to obtain the mind of Christ and a healthy Christian worldview.
  • Regular attendance (especially when you don’t feel like it) is like spiritual exercise, training to submit your will to Christ.
  • Consistent attendance makes you more comfortable with the local community of believers and makes it easier for you to fellowship with them.
  • It is a benefit to others because they might find joy in seeing you there.
  • The grace of God trains us to “live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives”.
  • It brings peace and guidance.
  • Regular church, means regular worship, and regular communal prayer.

When we neglect to go to church (especially when we feel that the other people at church are in someway ‘doing it all wrong’) we tend to become our own gods. When we refuse to go to church, we are telling ourselves, and those around us, that we know better than God what is good for us. “I don’t need to go into a building to worship God, I’ll just spend some time in nature. That’s all the ‘god’ I need.’ Well… as lovely as nature is, it is only the created, not the Creator. We are called to worship the Creator in His house. In His temple. Going to church shows obedience to God. It humbles us to be in His presence with other believers. It gives us hope. It strengthens us. It illuminates the dark places  in our hearts & minds, and light chases away darkness. Going to church builds community. Going to church heals. Going to church takes us from the darkness of this world and puts us in the presence of the Lord without distraction. God made us with the need to be with others in holy worship of Him. We are family. We are the body of Christ. Part of your spiritual identity (a large part) is going to church. We cannot be unified in Christ if we never go and fellowship together. If it has been a while since you’ve been to church, it’s time to humble yourself and go back.

Lord have mercy.

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