The Church is not a building. It is a family of people who belong to God here on earth and in heaven. It is a family in which all are brothers and sisters bound together not by flesh and blood but by the Holy Spirit, Who gives us love for Jesus and love for one another.
The Church is not a sect or denomination – Catholic or Protestant. It is a great world wide body of people whatever their color, background or intellect who trust and follow Jesus. There are many local churches, part of the one universal Church – Anglican or Episcopalian, Methodist, Baptist, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal – to name just a few.
To be a Christian means you belong to the world-wide Church, but also to a local church.
For a Christian to talk about ‘going to Church’ is really rather ridiculous. He or she is already in the church. What is meant of course is going to a local church to worship God.
‘But must I go to church every Sunday?’
Put the question another way, ‘Must I visit my parents or friends?’ The answer is ‘no, you do not have to, but you do because you love them.’
The Christian faith is built on love – on a love relationship. God loves us – that is why He sent Jesus. We love Him – because He first loved us. We love one another – because we are in God’s family and because He has poured His love into our hearts.
If you really want to follow Jesus, you will want to worship God and meet with fellow members of God’s family to thank Him for all His love and goodness to you.
You will want to show openly that you belong to Christ – going to worship God each week marks you out as a follower of Christ.
You will want to learn more about Him as the Bible is read and explained and so grow stronger in faith.
You will want to join with other Christians to pray together.
You will want to give generously to support God’s work at home and abroad.
Paul the apostle said that the Church was like a body with Jesus as the head.
There are many parts to the human body – arms, legs, eyes and ears, to name but a few. All are important and all have a special job to do, each dependant on the others. And this is how it is with the body of Christ, the Church. Each member is important with a special contribution to make for the proper functioning and growth of the whole body.
This means that every Christian is vitally important to the whole Church. No one is unimportant.
Romans 5:5 (Result of justification is the outpouring of Holy Spirit and God’s love into our hearts)