Monday, June 03, 2019

So, You Think Church Is Optional?

Read:  Hebrews 10:19-25, Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:2, Colossians 3:16,   Colossians 4:15,  1 Corinthians 16:19,  Romans 16:5; Acts 20:20; James 2:2, Acts 2:42,  1 Cor. 12:12–27,  Matthew 18:20. 

For those who might not know and for those who do, as followers of Christ, when we talk about "Going to Church", we're talking about the times on the weekends or any time when we gather together for instruction in The Word, Worship in Song, Prayer, Communion Fellowship and more. It's what God wants us to do. 

To be clear, we are The Church and not the building we gather in and God does want us to regularly gather together as The Church which typically happens at a specific place that we refer to as the Church Building. 

Sadly, there is a certain mindset were some state that "Church is optional" and they try to justify it from their own human based opinion and perspective. Now, when I hear people who are supposed to be follower's of Christ claim that "Church is optional", I have to question when was the last time they actually read God's Word? Passages like Hebrews 10:19-25 and others are very clear on God's instruction that we need to come together regularly as it's not really optional if you're a born again follower of Christ. 

Friends, we need to be regularly reminded that coming together via our local church meeting places is NOT optional.

While I know it's tough at times, regular and active participation in the local church and the church abroad is something we should want to do and it's also good for us because God knows what He's doing. 

Also, as a side note: meeting together should not to be legalistic nor should it be handled superstitiously as life happens, trips and emergencies happen, sickness happens, and it's OK to take a weekend away and do other things on occasion. However, the problem again becomes when follower's of Christ regularly make it optional. 

Don't fool yourself or let anyone else fool you in to thinking otherwise as missing gathering together should be the exception and not the norm. You need to be there and gather. You need the support of the body of Christ. You need to worship The Lord in song. You need to be instructed in The Word. You need to be a part of The Church and live like you are. 

Do you want to honor God or not? Do you as a follower of Christ want to be a Biblical Christian or not? If you're making Church optional, you are failing to honor Him and you're definitely not living life Biblically. 

You might be reading this and say...who are you to tell me what to do?!...and to that, let me say that first off, #1 I'm a nobody who is striving to know The Lord. #2 don't have to take my word for it, read and study God's Word on this matter yourself and I believe you'll see what God's expectation is for His church. You better take His Word for it! 

If you're a follower of Christ, let me challenge you to take God's Word and actively live it out including actively making church Not Optional. 

Your Brother and Servant in Christ,

Randolph Koch

P.S. Please encourage others with the reality that church is not optional. 

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