Psalm 122:1 (KJV) – I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

Imagine a world without the church. Can you conceive of how bad things would be? Conditions are already bad on the earth in which we live. The moral standards of our nation have gone into the sewer. Mankind today is doing every conceivable thing – and even some things that have not yet been conceived!

Why do we need the church?

The work of the church is important because:

1. The church points men to their creator.
2. The church defines the meaning of life.
3. The church prepares men for eternity.
4. The church talks about morality.
5. The church gathers people together to hear the Word of God and the Will of God.

If the church were not here, who would tell men about Jesus? If the church were not here, who would point men to God? If the church were not here, who would stand for morals, calling right “right,” and wrong “wrong?”

Every endeavor has a place. Every pursuit has a place, and we go to that place to pursue what it stands for. The church is that place which stands for God. We ought to make sure that we have a house where we can worship Him, to lift our hands and praise Him! When we fail to provide a place of worship, it indicates a lack of sincerity and commitment to God.

We also need to make the church as great as we possibly can. God gave us His best when He gave us Jesus Christ. Therefore, we ought to give God our best. God’s house ought to reflect the beauty and majesty of God, a beautiful, spacious place which accommodates the people of the Lord.

David said in Psalm 122, “I glad was when they said unto me, let us go into house of the Lord.” The work of the church is more important than that of any institution in the world because no other institution makes the spirit of man its central focus.

We need the church to tell all of mankind about God’s Will, and to push us higher than we’ve ever gone before. God has a plan for man and for this world, and the world needs to turn to God.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Adapted from the sermon, “Of Your Own, We Have Given You,” July 26, 2015, by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. at West Angeles Church of God in Christ.