With the ending of The Day of Resurrection, the next high Holy days on the Christian calendar are the Days of Ascension and Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. But “Why Church?”
Why go to Church? What purpose does Church serve? Why come, connect and commit to the church? Well first and foremost God birthed and designed the church to benefit, better and Bless the lives of people. Church is like a hospital where hurting, helpless and hopeless people can find help and hope for all of their hurts. See no matter the world’s pain, problem and predicaments, Jesus is still the answer for The World today. Jesus is the answer for the chaos, confusion and calamities. Jesus is the answer for the troubles, trials and temptations. Jesus is the answer for the black, white, red, yellow and brown. He’s the answer for the rich and poor, the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, the male and the female, the heterosexual as well as the homosexual. Jesus is the answer for the world today, and He said if I would be lifted up from the earth I will draw “all men” unto Me.
The Psalmist says that he was glad when it came time to go to church. He didn't say he was sad or mad, but that he was glad. He was excited, elated and enthusiastic about going to church. Because real church not only heals hurts, but it changes lives, encourages your heart, lifts your spirit and edifies your soul. Real Church is what makes you whole. That's why the Psalmist said he was glad, because he knew no matter how he came, when he left his life would never be the same.
Look and listen to the joy and pleasure of The Psalmist in attending Church. The number one reason we should be glad about going to church is because God commands us in His Word to go to Church.
In the Old Testament, He says remember the Sabbath Day, that special, sacred and set aside day, and keep it holy. In The New Testament He says we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together.
Yes, it's The Will of God that we should collectively come together, join together and worship The Lord together. Yes we can and should Worship The Lord individually on our own. Because we don’t have to be at Church to have Church.
The Psalmist said “wherever am I can Praise Him ...", you can be at home, in the shower, driving in your car, sitting at your desk or even in the supermarket and have Church. But when The Saints are collectively congregating in Jesus' Name, if at all possible you ought to be in the number. Church is essential to our spiritual progress, growth and development. Church is the foundation to the life of The Believer. How can God benefit, better and Bless your life if you are not committed to coming to Church. This isn't about convenience this is about covenant. We are just in preparation down here for what we'll be doing forever up there, where everyday day will be Sunday and Sabbath will have no end and there will be nothing to do but sing and Praise God's Name. So while we're down here God commands us to come to Church.
Secondly, Why Church? Because grace comforts me when I come to Church. I'm comforted by the Grace of the singing and praying, I'm comforted by the Grace of the Scripture and its Promises, I’m comforted by the Grace in the Shouting and Praising, I'm comforted thru the Grace of The Servant of God's Preaching and I'm comforted by The Grace of The Savior's presence. I'm comforted by The Grace of hearing The Lord is my Shepherd and I have no wants.
Yes, Grace comforts me in waiting on the Lord and being of a good courage, knowing that all things work together for the good of them who love The Lord and are the called according to His purpose.
But then thirdly, as I close when you ask “Why Church?” Not only do I come to Church because God Commands me. Not only do I come to Church because Grace Comforts Me, but thirdly I come to Church because when I leave Church I Have Things That I Have to Conquer. No I can't afford to get beat down, beat up or beaten out, I've got to conquer! I can't afford to get down, depressed and defeated, I've got to conquer! I can't afford to be used and abused and end up confused, no I've got to conquer! And Church is where my “S.H.I.F.T.” takes place. Church is where “Something Happens Igniting Favorable Turnaround” in my life. I can come to Church a victim but I leave a victor. I can come hurt and I leave helped. I can come down but when I leave I've been lifted up. Yes, I come having been taking advantage of but when I leave God has given me the advantage over. Because when I leave I've got God with me, I've got God in me and I've got God for me!
And if God be for me, tell me who can be against me. If God be for me, I can do all things thru Christ because he strengthens me. With God before me, no weapon formed against me can prosper! Because in Him, thru Him and because of Him I'm more than a conqueror. And I know if I just hold my peace, He will fight everyone of my battles.
That's why I'm glad to be in the service one more time, He didn't have to let me live, He didn't have to let me be here but I'm glad, so glad to be in the service one more time. That's why I enter His gates with Thanksgiving in my heart and I come into His courts with a Praise, because this is the day that The Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. I will Bless The Lord at all times His Praise; His shall be in my mouth. From the rising of the sun till the going down of the same He's worthy, worthy, worthy to be Praised!