I had a conversation with a young woman a few days ago about religion and church attendance. She came to me and said, “I want to talk to you about why I don’t go to church, and I don’t know how you will take it .” I said, “Go ahead; tell me what you want to say.” So, I sat down and listened.
She began to explain to me her experience in the church throughout her life. She felt forced to go to church, forced to memorize scriptures, forced to wear specific clothing types, forced to behave a certain way, and all with no beneficial results that she could see. She expressed her heart about how she loved God and believed in the Bible. She didn’t want to be required to go to church and be condemned by church people for things that she did or did not do. Although she was tired of church, she expressed that she missed the church's social benefits (i.e., fellowshipping with other believers, making new friends, singing in the choir, utilizing your God-given gifts in His service).
After she finished, I explain to her the difference between going to church as a religious activity and going to church to help strengthen and enhance your relationship with God. I began to explain why it was necessary to find a church home to grow your relationship with God. I explained that if she found the right church, it would no longer be a religious activity but an enhancement to her daily walk with God.
I want to share with you why finding a church home is beneficial to your walk with God.
- Obedience to God's principles has positive results, and assembly together with a body of believers is one of those principles.
- If the pastor and ministers of the church are teachers, they can help bring clarity and understanding to God’s word.
- You can receive encouragement from others who believe the same things you do in challenging moments.
- You can receive guidance from others who believe the same things you do when you are making decisions and are unsure of what you should do. (There is safety in the multitude of counsel.)
- The right church home could be a place where you see your gifts flourish by taking advantage of opportunities to serve others in your community, city, state, nation, and other parts of the world.
- It will help you develop your faith. Faith comes by hearing the word of God.
- It can help you have a sense of community.
Next month I will share some tips for finding a church home that will enhance your daily walk with God so that church attendance does not become another religious activity.