The Importance of Church

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Church in Florence, Italy

Y’all, I am so excited to share that I have found a new church! With things being so hectic, I haven’t had the time to attend church (except my brother’s one Sunday). I was nervous about attending a new church alone without knowing anyone else there. I woke up Sunday morning and began making excuses about why next Sunday was better. When I realized what I was doing, I decided to suck it up and just go. Great decision.

I had done research and knew that this church aligned with my beliefs and what I was looking for in a church. I’d watched a sermon online and had an idea of what I was getting into but online can only tell you so much. I worried about what the actual people would be like. From the moment I arrived, I was greeted and introduced to everyone and as an added bonus – they have several members who are Korean. It was like being welcomed home and helped me miss Korea a little less.

The entire service was a blessing. I felt moved and convicted by the message. I felt connected in a way that watching sermons online just can’t give me. Please don’t misunderstand, I appreciate online sermons and being able to grow in Christ at the click of a button but that’s just part of the picture. We need the people and the fellowship to be a part of what God truly envisioned the Church to be.  The church gives us a community of people who believe what we believe.

We need people. We weren’t designed to be alone and there is power when we gather together to praise and worship God.

“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” – Matthew 18:20

He’s always with us but there is something special about when we gather together. We need a mixture of personal time with God and time with other brothers and sisters in Christ. People help keep us accountable and we become like the people we associate with. If you don’t have good people in your life who believe in God, you are asking for trouble. I am not saying you shouldn’t have friends who don’t believe in God but I am saying that you need to make sure that you have surrounded yourself with believers too.

We need church for fellowship, growing in spiritual maturity, to give and to serve the church. Sometimes going to church isn’t fun but we’re given gifts that God intended us to use for His work. Whatever your situation, I urge you to keep attending or start attending a church.

If you attend church regularly what do you like best about it? If you don’t what’s the reason you don’t? As always, we love hearing from y’all!

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