Sunday, March 13, 2005

Why Bother with Church?

If organized religion has problems, why bother with church? (see my post below). That's a question I honestly ask a lot. But I'll tell you why...
  1. God doesn't have any "only children". God has a family and he wants us together. We may not like our family at times, but he calls us to love each other and spend time together. Just like reunions bring children together who have parents in common, church brings people together who share a common faith in God.
  2. The church speaks truth into our lives (hopefully!). When we gather for a worship service or a cup of coffee with other believers, God uses each other to speak truth to each other. Truth keeps us close to God and close to each other. Truth encourages us and frees us to become the person that God called us to be.
  3. We can impact a community in significant ways when we all come together and pool our time, talent and finances. It's easy to become independent and self-centered. Church keeps our focus on being a blessing to others.
  4. People are attracted to God and added to the family when we work as a team to honor God with our lives.

There are many more reasons, but these are the ones that keep me coming back! If you think there are better things to do with your time I want to challenge you to join us at Cedarbrook for three months and see if it doesn't change your life. (I'm talking about more than Sunday morning. Get involved with a small group and find a place of service). Give God a chance to show you what he had in mind when he created the idea of church in the first place. My guess is that you'll come to the same conclusion that I have; the church is the hope of the world and I have to be a part of it.

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