Church values: Church has value

The church website already answers the question “why should I go to church?”

Jesus says that all of those who believe in him are his people.  He says that we are like his “body” – his living and moving presence on the earth until he comes back to earth himself.

So, being part of a local church is really important!  It’s important because we learn about Jesus’ Word (the Bible) from one another, we love each other, and we know that if we serve Jesus together we will accomplish so much more than we ever could alone.

Being part of a church that follows Jesus is just another one of the ways that we obey Jesus and follow him, because he told us to be connected to one another and love one another as members of one “body” together.

I want to answer this same question, but from a slightly different perspective, that regularly attending church is a right and good response of worship to God.

This past Sunday the message was on Hebrews 1:1-3. This passage presents a picture of the Son, Jesus, as highly exalted at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. Such an image of Christ demands a radical response from us. We can either try to define God on our own terms or we can embrace the Son as the radiance of God’s glory. We can either respond in rebellion to His reign or we can worship the One who sustains the universe by His powerful word.

The response of worship is first of all a posture of the heart, mind, and will. But, like all religious responses, the internal “heart” response must always be followed by actions (James 2:14-26, 1 John 3:17-18). So, if we are to worship God properly we must do so not only in our hearts, but with our actions as well.

There are many ways to worship God – privately in prayer, around the table as a family – but the pattern of Scripture consistently emphasizes the regular practice of corporate worship, the coming together of the people of God to listen to the word proclaimed and respond in songs and acts of praise. This was the practice of Israel (for example, see Nehemiah 8 or the Psalms), the pattern in the early church (Acts 2:42-47), and is the ultimate vision of worship in heaven (Revelation 7:9-17).

In Hebrews 10:24-25 says “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” The purpose of this regular gathering is for mutual encouragement so that the people of God can “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess” (10:23) but it was also most certainly for the purpose of worshipping God together.

So, church matters, specifically, coming to church matters, for many reasons, not least of which is the proper response to the Son who deserves and demands our regular worship.

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