Church System Originator
Posted on 23 August 2017 11:39 AM

Q. Why do we have to go to Church? Is it really important? 

 

A. There are many churches all around the world, each having their peculiarities and differences. Some even question whether attending a Church is necessary at all. Oftentimes, the true purpose of going to Church is often lost, and its validity is being questioned.

Principally the purpose of the Church is to permit Believers to be organized in their worship and witnessing efforts. God often calls the people to gather together for worship purposes during Holy Convocations and during Sabbaths. The Sanctuary was also known as the Tent of Meeting, where God would call his people together. In the days of Jesus, Synagogues had been established where people would congregate together for worship. The Bible tells us that jesus endorse such gathering by attending and partcipating Himself.

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. {Luke 4:14-16}

(see also Mark 1:21, 39, Mark 6:2, 6, Luke 13:10, John 6:59, 18:20)

In the days of Jesus, there was no Churches yet. The centres of Worship were the Synagogues, where there was teaching, praising and preaching. This was Jesus’ custom to be present there for worship.

After His death, the Apostles continued attending the synagogues, preaching and teaching. (see Acts 9:20, 13:5 etc…) At the same time Christian churches were being established. (see Acts 2:47, 11:26, etc…) But when the persecution against Christians began, the synagogues were no longer safe for them, and the Churches became the central place for congregational worship.

Paul wrote extensively to the different churches, counselling them on how to worship, handle differences, instructing them in doctrines, etc... In several passages and especially in 1Corinthians 12, the apostle strongly emphasizes the importance of church members to be working together and helping each other to work and to grow. Too often church members suffer from "going to church to receive" and forget that they must also "go to church to give." Paul's entire arguments of being part of the body and that all must work together, makes clear the importance of regular Church attendance for corporate worship and evangelism.

If this was customary for Jesus, and later, the apostles, it should be no less important for us to make every effort to gather with fellow believers for worship and evangelism. 

 

For more information we recommend the following resources:

The Laodicean Remedy

I want my church back

Who is the Rock on which Jesus said He would build His Church? Many believe it is the Pope and his successors. Is this true?

Is the SDA Church Babylon

 

 

 

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