“7 Reasons Worshipers Need the Church”

Church attendance is on the decline.  It’s not just here at YCOG, it’s everywhere, but our attendance has certainly been affected.  There are many reasons we could list as to why people don’t feel the need to attend Sunday morning worship.  For now, I’m going to share with you an article from crosswalk.com, “7 Reasons Worshipers Need the Church,” by Pastor Jesse Johnson.  Here are some excerpts from this article:

While it is true that everything a redeemed person does should be done with both an attitude of worship and with the goal of glorifying God, there remains a special and specific role for the gatherings of the local church.

  1. Fellowship as corporate worship.  This fellowship is seen when like-minded believers, united in the pursuit of holiness, join together to celebrate what God is doing in their lives (1 John 1:6-6)
  2. Ordinances as corporate worship.  Acts present baptisms happening both in a gathered service (Acts 2:31, 41) and outside of one (8:36).  But because of the image that baptism presents of being joined to the body of Christ, it is a powerful act of worship when it happens at the gathered body of believers.
  3. Scripture reading as corporate worship.  Paul tells Timothy that when the church is gathered, they need to ‘give attention to the public reading of Scripture.” (1 Tim 4:13)
  4. Giving as corporate worship.  Christians are called to faithfully support the church that they worship in.  In fact, the entire chapter of 2 Corinthians 9 describes the joy of giving when the church gathers, and how that corporate giving works as an act of worship to God, in that if it is collected properly, it is ‘producing thanksgiving to God.’ (2 Cor 3:11)
  5. Prayer as corporate worship.  While certainly there should be congregational prayer involved in corporate worship, (Acts 1:14, 2:42), the Scripture also puts an emphasis on the prayers of the elders. (Acts 6:4)
  6. Preaching as corporate worship… when the congregation turns to the Word of God, the preaching time becomes the most intense act of worship… This shared experience is what guides the congregation as they scatter throughout the week to do the work of the ministry (Acts 2:42, Col 3:16, 1 Cor 16:2, 1, etc.).
  7. Singing as corporate worship.  When singers set their minds on things above, and proclaim them with joy, it is a public demonstration of the worth of God.

For more of this article, go to http://www.crosswalk.com/church/pastors-or-leadership/7-reasons-worshipers-need-the-church.html.

See you in  church!

Pastor Stef

 

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