Praying Together

One thing I notice lacking in churches is togetherness and prayer.  Sure, there may be some fellowship, “meet and greet” time, potlucks and things like that, but do we get together and really get to know each other?  Do we get together and pray?  Do we pray for each other?  Do we know each other enough to know what to pray for?  Not just the superficial stuff like health and “travel mercies,” but also the intimate stuff, the spiritual needs, the struggles, the battles we go through in life.  19I’ve always been an advocate of small groups, where we can gather together in homes and get to know one another, studying God’s word and praying for one another.  It is also a time to seek and give godly advice and encouraging one another.  We as a church need to be more than just a gathering on Sundays (or Saturdays), but we need to be more like a family, with unity, really, truly caring for one another and loving one another and not just one or two days a week but throughout the week.  We as a church need to intercede for those outside of the church, that they would receive knowledge of Jesus Christ and believe the truth.  We need to pray for the leaders and people of this country, especially with all the division, hatred, name pointing, biased accusations and covering up truth and all that we see and hear.  We need to gather and pray.  Together. Continue reading “Praying Together”

Why Go to Church?

Why do we go to church?  I saw a post on Facebook about how people don’t need to go to church every Sunday to worship God as long as they believe in God, or something like that.  The statement is partially true.  It is not a sin to miss church, I don’t think, but if you are able, you should be there.  You need the church body and the church body needs you.  It is not a ticket to heaven, either.  We are saved by grace through faith, not going to church.  But, being part of a church is an act of worship and it brings you into a family that will encourage you, teach you, strengthen you, pray for you.  These are things to look for  when finding a home along with sound biblical teaching.  Also, though, we should not go there expecting to be fed all the time.  As we go, we need to look for ways that we can serve the church and do all those things for others.  The church is not a place.  It is a people.  It is you and me.  It is believers.  It is the body of Christ. Continue reading “Why Go to Church?”