The beautiful church is displayed here since church on Sunday is my topic this morning. Some don't think it's necessary and think they can have a strong and lasting relationship with the Lord without it, but I for one think that while that may be possible it is likely exceedingly difficult. For the entire process of growing and maintaining the faith you need to accept the Lord as our Savior and requires three distinct processes to keep us strong and filled with the Holy Spirit. God wants us to read His word daily and routinely, pray to Him regularly as well with both praise and our requests for His help and guidance and then, thirdly, He expects us to gather together with other Christians for regular worship. And since Sunday was set aside as our day of rest and time to be holy, isn't it logical that Sunday is the day for having that communal gathering for Him?
Now I know that some are concerned about the entire concept of organized religion, a process they see as a building and the pomp and circumstances that go along with it which can really lose touch with what worship and loving God is all about. They also don't like all the administrative and organizational aspects which can easily follow with a very controlling bureaucracy of the church which ultimately can take precedence over faith. And I must admit that does happen far too often. But remember, Christians are just as frail as non-believers in the sense that they can forget the meaning of what it is all about. But that doesn't mean that an organized body must be like that nor does it mean that individual churches within a broader organization don't sometimes go their own way when the Spirit calls them. So, my suggestion about that is shop around if you are unsure, there are many and varied churches to choose from, some of which are totally independent of a large centrally structured church leadership. Options are available but I must add, as a Conservative Christian and a devotee of the Word, that you will best serve God if you find a church body that goes by the Word. A Bible preacher, one who can explain the answers to questions and shows in his or her countenance a true love of the Word is where you will find a real Christian home. It can be a very small church or larger, but if you open your heart and let the Spirit envelop you, you will know it's right for you.
The Word, prayer and worship led by a devotee of the Word will never fail you. And it doesn't have to be in a regal and fancy facility, it can be in a log cabin or even in a congregational gathering along the seashore or even in a beautiful spring meadow. For some that's even better as they feel closer to God in nature than anywhere else and there is a lot that makes sense about that. But the point is very simple and it's this: worship regularly wherever it is done with others of like belief in a place that makes you feel the presence of God. That my friends, is what church is all about. Have a blessed Sunday.