Wednesday May 26, 2010
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Going To Church… "

Going to Church” requires knowing what a church is and what takes place there.

First we should realize that church is not a social or gathering place; 1 Cor. 5:4 KJV tells us that it is any place where the Spirit of Christ is present:

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Neither is church a place for updating ourselves on the latest goings on; it is where we update ourselves on God and His family’s goings on.

It is also practical to consider “Going to Church” as going to school and learning more about God and His family; 2 Peter 2:1 KJV reminds us that living in these end times presents us with many choices of churches that teach other things:

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

Peter, describing the false teachers that we face, reminds us of how fortunate some of us are to be attending a church where God’s Word is taught.

Matthew 18:20 KJV further reminds us that churches are not measured by how many attend service. Here we learn that two or more gathered together in His Name places Him within our midst and His being in our midst places us in Church:

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Recognizing that church is God’s presence and not a building removes any excuse that we have for not “Going to Church” and whether it is two or two thousand that attend, the rewards are the same; knowledge of God is closeness to God.

With a better understanding of what “Going to Church” means, what plans do you have for attending?





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