Why Go to Church?
Why go to church? That's a loaded question, isn't it?
Depending on who I ask, I get a wide swath of opinions.
A few weeks ago, an article was posted on the Gospel Blog about the life-saving station. I think it is safe to say anyone who read the story knows that the life-saving station is a metaphor for a church. With that said, if I ask the people in that story why they went to the station, I would get many answers.
Those who turned it into a social club might say they go for the social aspects or the programs it offers. Those who made a new station and kept true to the original goal (at first, at least) might say they go to provide life-saving services to those in trouble. Others from either station/club might give answers in between.
I need to ask myself, "Why do I go to church?" When I mention at work or to other friends that I drive four hours to go to church (that's how far it is from the Houston area to the Ft. Worth Branch), their reaction is WHY? The question typically goes, "Why would you take 13 hours (from when I leave until when I get home) and drive almost 500 miles round trip just to go to church when there are plenty of churches here, including the one your wife attends, that are less than five minutes away?"
For me, the answer is fairly simple. First, I'm following the commandments of Christ. The scriptures teach us to meet often and partake of the sacraments (communion, feet washing, etc). Even though we have a small group of members here locally, we don't have a local minister. So, while we meet as often as possible and discuss the Word, we can't partake of communion on a regular basis.
Secondly, (when comparing the local churches verses the Branch), I can't experience locally what I can at the Branch. I can't find the love of God like I can in The Church of Jesus Christ. I can't find the ordinances the way the Lord did them outside of The Church. I can't find the inspired gifts of the Spirit anywhere else. I could go on, but I think you get the point.
Last and most important is what I believe The Church to be. My belief is that The Church of Jesus Christ is just that, His church. I want to be where He is and a part of the organization He set up. I like to equate the truth of the Gospel to a pie. While others have some pie pieces, maybe even as much as 90 percent or more, no one else has the whole thing.
As a popular line in a 90s movie goes, "I want the truth." That's why I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ, and that's why I go to church.
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