What if we all entered into the church and said “how can I serve this house of God”, rather that looking to how the church can serve us?
Would our churches look different?
Do I need to attend church?
Do you think our nation would look different?
Is church attendance necessary for spiritual growth?
I ask these questions because they are questions I have come across all of my life. If you have ever wondered about these questions, I want to encourage you to seek God and scripture to help reveal the answer to these questions. I’ll be sharing what I learned from attending church, and also what has happened in my own spiritual life since I started attending and serving in the church!
What Church Attendance has Encouraged
How to study scripture // Through countless interactions with other members in our congregation I was and still am continually encouraged to dig deeper into scripture. Through these interactions I’ve gained knowledge on how to that study scripture. Also I have learned other sound resources out there that are profitable for growth and wisdom. There is so much out there to grow us and our relationship with God.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3:16-17)
Edification// When I attend church what I think about scripture is always brought to light. Through that I am held accountable for what I think is truth and what actually is truth. There is a difference! Sometimes I have taken scripture and made it fit to what I want it to mean. We have to be cautious not to shape God’s word to fit our lives, that’s not how it works. God’s word is alive and breathing and it is unchanging. It is absolutely applicable to today’s time and everything we will face in today’s world.
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar. (Proverbs 30:5-6)
Spiritual Gifts// God specifically designed each and every one of us to have certain gifts. By attending church and serving within it, we are able to learn and distinguish what those gifts are.
God calls us to use these gifts not for ourselves but to bring His name glory, and two, to bless and serve others.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
Vulnerability// being vulnerable is not always an easy thing. I mean let’s be honest, we hate it when other people know we don’t have it all together. But really who does? Why do we always act like we have to be perfect or even more than that why do I act like I am perfect.
Once I got involved with a small group in my church I was highly encouraged to be vulnerable. To share what is really going on in my life, and because of it spiritual growth started happening. When I was finally honest with God, myself, and others God was able to come in and change those things in my life that need fixing.
I will always need fixing from God, but being honest with those in my church not only allow others to walk along side me in my burdens and with my struggles. It also allows others to know that they’re not the only ones going through certain things.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)
Service// Serving the local church is biblical, and honestly we can’t serve the church by watching a TV sermon. This is where our spiritual gifts come in! 1 Corinthians 12, describes the church like the human body. We as its members each have specific gifts and abilities help fulfill roles in the church.
Once I finally fully dedicated myself to serving my local church, I was filled with just overwhelming joy and community. I grew spiritually, and learned some things about myself and because of it I was able to see Gods beautiful character. Because I was able to serve, my heart wanted to be more and more like His.
Community// When you are around the same group of people all the time, what naturally happens? You start to rub off on one another, right? You start to like the same music, eat at the same restaurants, share similar styles. Well when you hang around other Godly men and women, naturally you’ll start to mimic one anther.
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17).
From community comes discipleship and accountability. We as believers need both in our christian walk. Being involved with the church community allows you to do both!
Worship// Worship is about God, not about us. It is about being in the moment with Him. Worship is an attitude of the heart, not about outward appearances. It’s more than just a thing that happens every Sunday. Worship also does not mean just singing and playing music. Worship can be serving others, teaching a class, donating and giving financially, being a greeter Sunday morning.
But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. (Jn. 4:23)
When I was in college I thought worship meant to sing in church. I had no idea, I had never heard a sermon over the matter and up to that point I still didn’t fully understand what I was reading when I would read about worshiping in the scriptures.
Since then, getting involved in the local church (where ever I have lived at the time) I have learned that Worship is not just for singing, bands, and choir. It is moments when you fixate your gaze on the author and perfecter of our lives. Where we just sit in awe at our creator and worship Him for his goodness. It is a moment where we meet with our creator and sit in His beauty, where we proclaim He is our everything. You can do it sweeping the floor, sitting in your car, or donating clothes at your local ministry.