Why Church?

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Why is it important to go to church?  Why is it important to find a good bible preaching church?

Church by definition is: a collective body of believers who profess and worship the Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling ourselves together

forsaking: abandon someone or something; renounce or give up something valued

assembling: connecting together, group who have gathered together

Notice the first word of Hebrews 10:25  NOT

In other words, don’t give up on gathering together and not connecting together with a group of believers.

Hebrews 10:25 As the matter of some is; but exhorting another and so much the mores, as ye see the day approaching.

As Christians, who follow Jesus Christ, we should love what Jesus did and he loved those who worshiped and professed their believe in him.

1 Thessalonians 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and be admired in all them that believe.

John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they may also be one in us: that the world may believe thou hast sent me.

As Christians, we are in a constant spiritual battle with the flesh. Ephesians 2:2-5

What better way to fight the flesh, then to congregate with other believers and grow in the word of God.

We are told in Eph 6:11,13- Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 13- Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Going to a church, where the pastor preaches the word of God from the bible, will help us grow and keep the armour on and available to us. It so important to find a church where you are reading from the bible. If you don’t take your bible to church and read it together, how will you ever know if the pastor is reading the bible or ??? Why would you rely 100% on someone other than God to teach you his words?

As you read this, you may be thinking: I study, I pray and I am growing as a Christian without attending church. This maybe so, but, we know in Matthew 18:20: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

 

Why church?

  • not forsaking
  • love what Jesus loves
  • equips us with the armour of God
  • above all else – he is in the midst of them!

 

Why NOT church?

 

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Roses are Red…..

Love Scripts

 

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Somebody loves you

I will give you a clue…. John 3:16

For God so LOVED the world he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

  • we are told to serve him with all our hearts Deut. 11-13, Joshua 22:5, 1Sam 12:20,24
  • we are told to love him with all our hearts Matt 22:37, Mark 12:30, 33, Luke 10:27
  • we are to give an understanding heart 1 Kings 3:9,12
  • we ask for our hearts to be soft Job 23:16
  • with our hearts we are to trust him Psalm 27:3
  • we are to hide his words in our heart Psalm 119:11
  • we are to sing for joy in our hearts Isaiah 65:14
  • we are told let not our hearts be troubled John 14:1, 27
  • we know that Christ dwell in our heart by faith Eph 3:17
  • we are told to purify our hearts James 4:8

What would the world be like if we all used our hearts the way God intended?

Day 10 Keeping Promises -rest assured!

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As we continue to read the book of Isaiah in Chapter 24, we read about the Kingdome to come, the great tribulation and Israel resorted.

Isaiah, being a prophet, is not only allowing us to understand the times at which he was living but also, the time to come.

We need to take hope in the fact: God keeps his promises.

Isaiah 32:17: And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

Luke 24-49: And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Acts 1:3-7:

To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

4 And, being assembled together with [them], commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, [saith he], ye have heard of me.

5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

1 King 8:25-26

25 Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me.

26 And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father.

Hebrews 10:36-39

36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Joshua 23: 15 Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which the LORD your God promised you; so shall the LORD bring upon you all evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you

1 John 2:23-25:  Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [(but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also]. 24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, [even] eternal life.

Upon reading Isaiah Chapters 25 to 35, we can know and understand God’s warnings and his promises.

In conclusion, we can rest assured about the Kingdom to come just by reading God’s living word.

Isaiah 35:10

And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”

 

 

Day 9 on the study of the Book of Isaiah

Burden of Babylon

A burden in Hebrew is massa which means a heavy weighty thing. Isaiah being a prophet (which we learned in Day 4 – prophet means to proclaim the message given to him) will deliver a grievous heavy message to and about Babylon.

Isaiah 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.”

  1. Men’s heart shall melt
  2. they shall be amazed

Isaiah 13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

  1. stars and constellation will not shine
  2. sun will be dark and the moon shall not shine

The Lord will punish the world for their evil and the wicked for their iniquity. The arrogance of the proud will cease.

As we read in Isaiah Chapter 13:19-22

Burden: that which is carried, load………..that which is borne with difficulty………..the weight of ships cargo………….to load heavily……………….to load oppressively; trouble.

What are your burdens today my friends?

  • Are you lonely?
  • Are you suffering from health issues?
  • Are you fearful of the future? Where is this country heading?
  • Are you troubled about how to pay your bills this month?
  • Are you anxious about your children and what kind of world they will have to endure?
  • Are you concerned you’re not good enough?
  • Are you stressed about feeding your children today?

It’s time to do just what God says in Psalm 55:22

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

As a follower of Christ, we are to cast our burdens on him.  These are the times to open your bible, read his word and pray.

“Here Lord I give it all to you”  

Perhaps you burdens are light, then as a Christian, we are called to love our brother. This would be an ideal time to help someone else’s heavy load of burdens.

  • Meal for a single mother or widow neighbor
  • Visit a nursing home and read a story or listen to their stories
  • Pay an electric bill for the family who you know is struggling at church
  • Make a goodie bag of crafts items for a father of children because the wife works at night to make ends meet
  • Take your neighbor’s teenagers out fishing, hiking or on your next camping trip

Must of all pray and ask God how you can help ease someone else’s heavy burdens.

Just as Isaiah’s burden was heavy because the people turned their backs and ways for the Lord.

We need to remember from God’s word why it’s so critical we keep the Lord in our lives.

Father, I pray for those whose burdens are heavy today, they will feel your love, they will submit to you all of their heavy burdens and feel the continued blessings you give us each day.