Why Should I go to Church?
There are indeed many false teachers, and who can discern between truth and error? Open Door Baptist Church seeks its identity solely in the honest examining of Scripture. Jesus said, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17)
We as people need a routine cleaning off of the lies of the world by truth found only in God’s Word.
So, you know church is good and the Bible is right, but you say, “Why should I drag my weary body from the bed Sunday morning, why should I let it eat up my Sunday evenings, and why should I make the effort to get there Wednesday evening too? Does God want me at church, or is it just an exercise of weaker Christians? What does the Bible have to say?”
And He Himself (Jesus) gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
Jesus gave special gifts to other people, in the church, to help you grow as a Christian.
Hebrews 10:24 and 25
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Being a part of other believer’s lives will encourage you to do what you know is right. Your work place is not going to push you toward godliness. Also, by not being there to encourage others, you are forfeiting the blessing of seeing another believer encouraged.
For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”
God is pleased with pastors preaching truths from the Bible.
Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you. but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”
Jesus tells Peter that He will build His church on the fact that, Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” So, Jesus, who is God, built the church Himself.
So 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 to read.
It was Jesus’ habit to frequent the place where the Bible was being read publicly.
And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
Jesus gave us the Lord’s supper to remind us of His sacrifice for us; you miss this important memorial when you do not come to church.
I Corinthians 12:20-28a
But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
God has designed believers to work together; on the flip side, He did not design them to work separately. God has appointed you to be a specific working part of His church.
No church is perfect because it is made up of imperfect people, however, God clearly designed the church, and designed every believer, to not just attend, but to be a working part of it. You can not be a working part of a body in which you do not regularly attend.
Come join us!
Pastor William "Bill" Grishaw &