Why Go to Church?

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Why do we go to church?  I saw a post on Facebook about how people don’t need to go to church every Sunday to worship God as long as they believe in God, or something like that.  The statement is partially true.  It is not a sin to miss church, I don’t think, but if you are able, you should be there.  You need the church body and the church body needs you.  It is not a ticket to heaven, either.  We are saved by grace through faith, not going to church.  But, being part of a church is an act of worship and it brings you into a family that will encourage you, teach you, strengthen you, pray for you.  These are things to look for  when finding a home along with sound biblical teaching.  Also, though, we should not go there expecting to be fed all the time.  As we go, we need to look for ways that we can serve the church and do all those things for others.  The church is not a place.  It is a people.  It is you and me.  It is believers.  It is the body of Christ. Continue reading “Why Go to Church?”

Character of the Church

When I first read Hebrews 13 and the notes from a study I had (you can look up The Summit Church or J.D. Greear for his study of Hebrews; the bullet points below summarize part of this study), it seemed this was about worship.  It is.  But it is also about the character of the church.  Or, perhaps part of worship is the character of the church.  To start with, what is the church?  It is not a building and not where you “go to” to fulfill your duty as a Christian, though that is an important part of your spiritual life.  That is a time to fellowship with other believers and worship God, but our act of worship should be non-stop throughout our week and our life.  That is a study in itself, but not for this post.  What the church is, though is you and me.  It is Christ’s bride.  It is the body of believers.  It is those who follow Him. Continue reading “Character of the Church”

Revelation: Who is God?

“Holy, holy, holy,

Lord God Almighty,

Who was and is and is to come!”…

“You are worthy, O Lord,

To receive glory and honor and power;

For You created all things,

And by Your will they exist and were created.”  Revelation 4:8, 11

Who is God?  What is His character and attributes?  There are scriptures throughout the Bible that describe Him and who He is.  For this post, I will use the Book of Revelation to try to share who God is.  He is the great, almighty God who is worthy to receive all of our blessings and worship.  He has given us everything.  He created us and He loves us.

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Who is Jesus and Who are We in Christ?

Yesterday was Easter, or as I like to call it, Resurrection Sunday.  It is not about Easter bunnies or eggs.  Those things came from a pagan religion worshipping a false god of fertility.  We need to remember what the holiday is truly about.  It is about Jesus, Who died for our sins and was raised from the dead on the third day.  It is about our redemption and salvation.  It is about God’s grace and sacrifice

So, Who is Jesus?  Some say He was a prophet, a good teacher a good person.  Some say He was only an idea (Unfortunately for them, there is overwhelming evidence that He did exist).  But He is much more than that.  For me, He is the One who changed my life, who saved me, forgave me and overcame death so that I would have eternal life.  And, He is so much more. Continue reading “Who is Jesus and Who are We in Christ?”

What is Palm Sunday About?

Many celebrate Palm Sunday, the week before Easter.  For Jews, it is the start of the Passover.  Jesus and His disciples comes to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened bread.  It was a time to commemorate God’s deliverance of the nation.  Jesus came to deliver the world.  A week later, He would be betrayed, arrested, mocked, beaten, stripped and crucified, and resurrected on the third day after His death.  Jesus came to this earth for that purpose.

So what is the significance of Palm Sunday?  What was it about?  It was described in all four gospels.  It was prophesied in the Old Testament.  I think it was significant for a few reasons.  First, it was proclaimed to all of Israel that He was the Messiah.  Many Jews flocked to Jerusalem.  When they saw Jesus, they worshipped Him.  Many worshipped Him because it was shortly after He raised Lazarus from the dead and they either witnessed this firsthand, or heard of the news of what Christ had done.  Second, He was fulfilling prophesy and it was time to reveal who He was and why He had come. Continue reading “What is Palm Sunday About?”