“Why Do We Go To Church Every Week?” Why Do We Do That Pt. 5 (September 24, 2017)
Why do we come to church? You go to school to get an education so you can make a living. You go to work to make money so you can pay the bills. You go to the gym for exercise and better health and possible to loose weight. You go to the mall to shop for clothes and the grocery store to buy food. You go to the lake to fish and ski, the ball game to cheer on your favorite team, and golf course for fun.
But church? Why go to there? Why get up early on one of your few off-days? Why go through the hassle of dressing up and the getting the kids ready? Why go to the trouble of finding a parking space around downtown South River? Why go to church?
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering about that little question, you’re not alone. Surveys tell us that as many as 79% of Americans identify themselves as Christians, yet only 20% of Americans attend church regularly. I guess some people look at going to church as a bother — an unnecessary burden to be avoided whenever possible — a perfectly good hour wasted in order to keep a wife or a preacher or a parent off their backs. Others see it as sort of like punching a spiritual clock or earning brownie points with their Maker.
When speaking to the millennial generation, many would consider themselves “spiritual but not religious.” There is an animosity towards the institutional church, and this idea that one can experience spirituality alone in the confines of their home better than in public with other people and distractions.
But to someone who understands church and what it’s really all about, going to church can be the most spiritually fulfilling, inspiring thing you do all week.
Specifically, the one point I want to drive home today is THIS:
Attending Sunday Worship is admitting the fact that you cannot walk in your faith journey alone.
1. Singing together aligns our vibrations and knits our hearts together
2. Powerful uplifting words can be spoken over you and over me
3. Generosity can be practiced and tested
4. Corporate Prayer reminds us to breathe: to exhale the troubles in our hearts and breathe in the same God.
There is something immensely prideful and self-centered when one says: “I can do this all by myself.”
You cannot walk in your faith journey alone.
1. The church gives you community.
2. The church gives you strength.
3. The church points you true rest.
Exodus 20:8-11 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
8 Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.
Acts 2:41-47 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
41 So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Life among the Believers
43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds[a] to all, as any had need. 46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home[b] and ate their food with glad and generous[c] hearts, 47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.