If you have repented of your sins and accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior – congratulations! You have been forgiven of your sins, received eternal life and you will spend eternity with the Lord in Heaven! That is awesome! As awesome as that is, please understand that the wonderful plans the Lord has for you are not on hold until the hereafter, the Lord has plans for you in the here and now. You can more readily learn about those plans by becoming involved and engaged with the community of believers. God tells us in Hebrews 10:23-25:
Heb 10: 23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another…”
Gathering together with other believers in a local assembly that we commonly refer to as a “church” helps us to not only hold on to our faith but also helps us mature in our faith. It provides us with the opportunities we need for worship, discipleship and fellowship. Gathering together on a regular basis allows us to encourage one another as we grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord while serving others in His Name.
The question is not, “Should I go to church?” but rather “Where should I go to church?” First of all, let me say that no church is perfect. I have attended quite a few and I can tell you that all of them have their pros and cons. If I found the perfect church, the minute I joined it that church would no longer be perfect! While it is important to go to a place that facilitates our worship of the Lord, the most important thing about a church is not the type of music it has or when the service starts or how long it lasts. The most important thing about a church has to do with what it believes and what it teaches. Does the church believe in the deity of Christ and His bodily Resurrection? Do they believe that faith in Christ is the only way that man receives salvation? Do they teach and preach God’s word? Most churches have a doctrinal statement. Check it out and make sure it lines up with God’s word. And if you have any questions, feel free to send me an email. I will gladly try to help and address any questions or concerns you may have. And lastly, pray. Ask the Lord to lead you and guide you to the right House of Worship. I know He will answer your prayer. May the Lord bless you in your walk of faith.