WHY WE NEED THE CHURCH – African Americans stand outside a church, 1899. W. E. B. DuBois, “Photographs of African Americans in Georgia exhibited at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900.” Courtesy, Library of Congress.
Every endeavor; every pursuit has a place, and we go to that place to pursue what it stands for. The church is the place which stands for God; no other institution makes the spirit of man its central focus. This makes work of the church more important than that of any institution in the world.
In Psalm 122, God’s house served as King David’s inspiration. In verse 1, David said, “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord”; in verse 9 he said, “Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good.”
And in the New Testament, the Apostles recorded the early days of the church. It was a growing, thriving, active, praying, and unified church. One of its most fascinating characteristics was its fantastic growth. Some of us today, however, are easily led astray and are now led away from the life of the church.
WHY WE NEED THE CHURCH
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.
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?’
WE NEED THE WORK OF THE CHURCH BECAUSE:
- The church points men to their Creator.
- The church defines the meaning of life.
- The church prepares men for eternity.
- The church talks about morality.
- The church gathers people together to hear the Word of God and the will of God.
We need the church to tell men about God’s Will. We need to assure that we have a house where we can worship Him, and 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, a spacious place which accommodates the people of the Lord.
How many of you want to be a part of something great? Our God is too great for us to think small! God is depending on us to do something great for Him! Our God needs some folks who will say,
“Lord, we’re going to stay with You, no matter what!
God, please, help us to be that kind of church!”
God has a plan for mankind and for this world, and the church plays a vital role in turning men to God. We need the church to push us higher than we’ve ever gone before.
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Genesis 1&2, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 122, Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 10:25.
Adapted from the sermons, “Of Your Own, We Have Given You”, and “Grow Up”; by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. at West Angeles Church Of God In Christ.
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