If the temple of God is within us, why do we go to church?
The bible says that we are the temple of God (1 corinth 3:16)…. if so, what is the purpose of going to church. why do you go to church?
And if we are the temple of God, what does that make the church building? ….. the house of God?
The reason for our question is this;
A great number of us go to church on sundays as if it is some kind of task that needs getting out of the way. Many also perceive the church building to be the place where God resides and by going there, they are going to ‘meet with God’.
Infact, where 2 or more are gathered, that is a church; no matter where it is. The building in itself is NOT the house of God.
So, three reasons why we should go to church: to fellowship, growth and building up of others.
1) FELLOWSHIP – This being the most obvious one, we wont be touching on it. (1 Cor 12:12-31, Romans 12:3-8)
2) GROWTH – The purpose of growth is for us to be deeply rooted in the word of God enough that it will be impossible for anything or anybody to sway us (too many false doctrines)…. Eph 4:14-16, 2 Peter 1:5-11
It is irrelevant that pastors may be teaching the wrong things, we are ALL required to study the bible – Hebrews 5:12 “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food”.
Acts 17:11 “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so”
1 Peter 2:1-3 “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious”.
3) BUILDING UP OF OTHERS – We are supposed to help others to grow – Romans 15:1-2 “We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification” for example, those who are stronger in faith or more learned in the word should be able to help others who are weaker.
To conclude, bible study is in fact the most important in the life of a christian and not just sunday fellowship as most of us like to believe, hence this blog.