larryshoat":2rxxnolr said:Wanted to get a difinitive answer to Herfs question in the popular Church thread.
Ryder":13z0pzwu said:larryshoat":13z0pzwu said:Wanted to get a difinitive answer to Herfs question in the popular Church thread.
I don't see how you can get a legitimate definitive answer to your question. You are making it into a yes or no question and that is too restrictive.
I would have said "It Depends". But that was not an option.
larryshoat":3ekrjhmc said:I went back and changed it some, took out difinitive and added an option. I kind of wanted everybody to make a general decision one way or the other, but I reckon that's not realistic.
rockridgecattle":21224qe9 said:Any how here is a story from one of our pastors sermons on why to attend church.
A man who was faithful in attending church stopped going. He was a God fearing man, had a heart for the Lord. One day the pastor stopped by to check up on him and see how he was doing. When the visit was nearing it's end, the pastor asked the man why he stopped coming. The man said, so many problems, why bother. What is the point? Both men sat staring into the fire that was in the fireplace. The pastor thinking on the Lord praying for wisdon on what to say, the man waiting for a reply. Suddenly the fire popped and out came a glowing ember. It glowed bright for a time and gradually faded. When the pastor spoke, he said, church is like the fire. When we are together, we glow bright for the Lord. We are strong. We pray together, fellowship together, draw strength from one another. However when we leave that fold, that strength, we become like this ember that left the fire. We glow bright for a time, but gradually, we dim, grow cold. Had that ember stayed in the fire, it would still be bright, drawing strength from the rest of the fire. As the pastor got up to leave he wished the man a plesant evening, and the two parted ways. Both men thinking on the fire, and the ember that grew cold.
We as Christians need fellowship with like minded believers. To hold us accountable, to encourage, to be a family. Without that we could get lost in an ever changing world, enter into false doctrine unsuspectingly, slowly pull away from the Lord, and loose sight of what is important in life, a personal relationship with the Lord.
Church might not be perfect, but neither is any family relationship. It takes work to make it work...just like marrage.
GMN":2vkv367q said:Do you have to go to church to be ...
Go to a better place someday
Is church a more social environment than religious?
alacattleman":cf75ids1 said:http://www.whnt.com/news/sns-ap-us--fathersdaybeating,0,4417552.story do we need church....we need GOD