Have you ever heard somebody say, " I don't have to go to church ? "
They usually say, " I can worship God at home ! "
Before I get too deep into this discussion, let me frankly admit that there are churches that aren't worth going to, in fact, it would be better not to go to them. However most people in the USA live within a reasonable distance of a good church. It is just a matter of hunting for one that preaches what Jesus taught, and is recorded in the Bible, rather than the traditions of a denomination. Church, in a Biblical sense, is a gathering of Christians, not the building where they meet. There are many church congregations in poorer countries, where the location may be in a tent, or simply under some trees that give shade to the worshipers.
Many of the people, who say things like," I don't have to go to church." or " I can worship God at home ", have been told by some religious leader, that they were saved. Have you noticed that in His teaching, Jesus never told anyone that they were saved! He told people to follow Him, and deny themselves. How many of the Christians, that you know, are willing to deny themselves?
Real christians do worship God at home, and at some kind of church gathering also, unless they are physically unable to do so. In that case, the church should send someone to come to them. Here's what the Bible says about church attendance:
Real christians worship God in spirit and in truth, at home, and in church!
Jesus said: "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth " John 4:24
When christians come to church, each has a contribution to make,- and that means a lot more than money !
" How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. " 1 Corinthians 14:26
Each christian has a part to play in the body of Christ, and when even one Christian, is absent from the church gathering, the others suffer !
" ... the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills."
" For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,- whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many members. If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body?" Is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say,"Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body," Is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? "
" But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased,- and if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you,- nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need."
"But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it."( 1 Corinthians 12:7-26 )
Each christian has a part in stirring up love and good works, and exhorting the others who are present in the church !
...let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
The devil just loves professing christians to say," I don't have to go to church. I can worship God at home." Do these hypocrites actually worship God at home? Of course not !
You must repent of your attitude about church attendance. If you don't want to do that, we suggest that you click on the link that says, " the pain you will suffer in hell ", below.
God answers the prayers of those who repent and seek Him. To repent, is to have a changed attitude concerning sin, and be willing to stop sinning. In order to stop sinning, a person needs to receive a new heart, and a new spirit, from God. ( See Jeremiah 31:31-34 ) Jesus called this being born again ( from above ) or being born of God. Don't make the mistake of thinking that you can reform, and change yourself. Only God can change your desires.
We recommend that you pray the following prayer, to God, when you are alone :
" Father in Heaven, I surrender control of my life to You. Please make me into the kind of person that YOU WANT ME TO BE. "
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Our Sunday AM services are being held at the Mexico Beach Civic Center. In accordance with federal laws, we have permission to use this heated, and air conditioned, facility on Sunday mornings at about 9:45 AM central time. We begin with a short time of greeting and fellowship, and then TJ leads us in worship. After the service we have holy communion, a time when people can request prayer, especially for healing, and sometimes, a pot luck luncheon.
The Mexico Beach Civic Center is located at 105 N. 31st Street. It is the white building with the dark green roof, which is just behind that new Mexico Beach restaurant, Mango Marley's. It is behind Parker Realty, and is on the northeast side of Rte 98. It is about 7/10 mile south of the Mexico Beach Welcome Center. For a map showing the location of the Mexico Beach Civic Center, click below the photo:
Mexico Beach Civic Center
Map of Civic Center Area
Have a wonderful week. May God bless you, and your family!