Upper Seneca Baptist Church
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
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I NEED CHURCH!
By Pastor Dennis Felder
 There was a time when church was the focal point of family life.
I can remember that every time the church doors were open, my family and I would be there. But do Christians have this same commitment to church today?

Let’s be honest, church attendance is on the decline.
Gallup recently stated, “The past 20 years have seen an acceleration in the drop-off, with a 20-percentage-point decline since 1999 and more than half of that change occurring since the start of the current decade.” Church attendance is not what it used to be and this lack of church attendance is causing churches to close their doors forever. “A new study from Lifeway Research suggests more Protestant churches closed in 2019 than opened — continuing a decades-long congregational slide that is only expected to accelerate.” What makes us believe that Upper Seneca Baptist Church can avoid a similar fate? USBC can avoid such a perilous ending if we understand the importance and value of the church.

I recently read an article entitled, “Why Is it Important to Go to Church?” The writer (Mel Walker) shared 7 important reasons of why one should go to church.
Below are listed his 7 compelling explanations.
  • The church is God’s idea and the church is His plan for this age. The most important reason for God’s people to attend church is that the church is God’s idea, “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Plus, the church is how God is accomplishing His work on earth today.              
  • God’s Word instructs us to be involved in the church. It’s clear from passages like Hebrews 10:25, “…not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some…”, that God wants His people to be actively involved in the church. From the account in Acts of the first church in Jerusalem to the seven churches listed in Revelation, it’s obvious that the Bible teaches the importance of local church involvement.
  • The church is where God’s people are taught God’s Word so they can grow spiritually. The focal point of local church ministry is to clearly teach and preach the Word of God. The Pastoral Epistles (1 and 2 Timothy and Titus) are teeming with instruction for church leaders on making the Scriptures a priority in the church.
  • The church is God’s avenue for believers to utilize their spiritual gifts. Another important reason for attending church regularly is that church is the place where believers can and should practice their God-given spiritual gifts. Romans 12:3-8 and 1 Corinthians 12 are emphatic about the fact that every believer is the recipient of one or more spiritual gifts that are God-given enablements to effectively serve Him in the church.
  • God’s people connect with other believers in the church. The community provided by a local church is essential for believers because the Christian life was never intended to be a solo act. That’s why there are close to 60 “one another’s” mentioned in the New Testament.
  • The church is God’s outlet for outreach and evangelism. The church is also the place for effective evangelism, outreach, and global missions to take place as well. The book of Acts chronicles the story of the growth of the early church and features accounts of personal evangelism, group outreach, and international missionary endeavors.
  • God designed His church to fulfill the Great Commission to make disciples. The last thing Christ said to His disciples is what has commonly been called “the Great Commission” where He left the lasting imperative to “make disciples” (Matthew 28:19-20) for His people to follow.
The writer concluded his article by saying, “Current culture makes it easy for both individuals and family members to get involved in other activities instead of faithfully attending and serving the Lord in a local church. So many activities today tend to conflict with church schedules, and the internet provides an abundance of podcasts, recorded sermons, and the live-streaming of a host of church services that it has become easy for people to do other things instead of attending church. God’s Word teaches the importance of active participation in a local church. Believers must make church attendance a priority in their personal and family schedules and put going to church ahead of other seemingly beneficial activities.

Let’s  make  church  important  again.

I   NEED CHURCH!