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    "where in the bible does it say to go to church?"

    Here's your answer;

    * Deut 31:12-13 Assemble the people, men, women, and little ones, that they may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God

    * Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging
    one another.

    For a full answer, read also the following reasons below.

    Because God (and His Word) command it
    "Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God" (Deut. 31:12-13).

    Though our text is found in the Old Testament and was directed specifically at the nation of Israel, I believe that the principles found in this passage may be applied to God's elect today. Our God is a gracious and loving Father who knows what is best for His children in every age. God commanded the children of Israel to gather the people together to hear the Word of the Lord and be instructed by it so that they might fear and serve the Lord acceptably, and live a life of consecrated obedience. When He issued this command it was intended to be a help and a blessing to His people, not an unnecessary burden to be borne.

    "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."Hebrews 10:25

    Faithful, consistent church attendance is required of God's people because God has commanded it. None of God's commands are to be taken lightly or to be considered as optional. God is our Master, our Owner, our Ruler, and as such we ought to respectfully obey His commandments. Ecclesiastes 12:13 declares: "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." I fear that many professing Christians obey and respect men more than they do the commands of God. How long would you last on your job if you came to work only when it was convenient or when you felt like it? You go to work faithfully because it is your responsibility to do so, not because you feel like going. In like manner you should go to church not because you feel like it, but because God has commanded it and you are responsible to obey Him!
    Obedience to God's commands is a proof that you have truly been saved. I John 2:3-5 states: "And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whosoever keepeth my word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him."

    One of the choicest and grandest privileges of the Christian life is to publicly assemble with the saints in the Lord's church for the purpose of worship. What joy and gladness should flood our hearts each time we anticipate going to God's house to worship Him! The Psalmist declared: "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD" (Psa. 122:1). How refreshing it is to be able to cease from the rat race of the daily grind to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness in the presence of His saints. After dealing with the world all week, public worship serves to revive our spirits and encourage our hearts.
    When we engage in public worship we are manifesting to other believers as well as the lost world at large that our Lord is worthy of our highest praise and dedication.

    During the earthly life of Jesus Christ, He faithfully attended the synagogue, which was the place of public worship for the Jews. They would gather to read the law, and have one of the teachers expound the truths of the Old Testament. Luke 4:16 states: "And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, AS HIS CUSTOM WAS, HE WENT INTO THE SYNAGOGUE ON THE SABBATH DAY, and stood up for to read." If it was customary for our Lord to be found engaging in public worship on the Sabbath day, then it ought to be customary for the elect to be found in church on the Lord's day. If we claim affinity with the Lord Jesus Christ we ought to take heed to the admonition of I Peter 2:21 which states: "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow in his steps." I John 2:6 declares: "He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." If the great Head and Lawgiver of the church faithfully assembled to engage in public worship, as His professed followers should we not heartily strive to follow His example?

    The Holy Spirit has been pleased to appoint pastors to oversee and feed the churches of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every time the church meets for worship the pastor has the solemn responsibility of nourishing the saints of God with a substantial diet of the Word of God. God-called pastors go to great lengths to prepare messages from God's Word to edify the Lord's people. Much time is spent in earnest study, prayer, and meditation in the preparation of sermons.
    Out of respect for God's Holy Word and His ministers, church members ought to anticipate with joy and faithfully attend each service of the church so that they may hear the wondrous truths of the Bible expounded. If every church member fed their bodies like they feed their souls I am afraid many would starve to death! The attitude of every church member ought to be like those in Acts 10:33 which states: "...Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God."

    Not only is Christian growth a result of hearing the Word, your faith will also be nourished and strengthened through hearing God's Word. Romans 10:17 states: "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." The best place for any person, whether lost or saved, is to be consistently in attendance upon the preaching of God's Word.

    The public worship of God in His house, and all that it entails is aimed at building up and maturing God's people. As we lift up our hearts in united prayer and supplication we ought to anticipate God's blessing upon our congregations. As we fellowship with other believers around the things of God our souls should be encouraged to continue to fight the good fight of faith. Oh that God would give us the same desire as the Psalmist who wrote: "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple."
    The church is called "the pillar and ground of the truth" (I Tim. 3:15) because it supports and upholds the faith once delivered to the saints.It is the Divinely appointed place of instruction and edification for the saints of God. The church is like God's school where scholars come to learn their lessons which equip them for service. God's people are instructed and challenged from the Word of God through the preaching of the Word. A person who attends church haphazardly and irregularly cannot expect to grow up to be a mature Christian. The reason why many Christians are immature and easily deceived by error and false doctrine is because they don't attend church like they ought too. Ephesians 4:11-14 declares: "And he gave some apostles: and some, prophets; and some, evangelists, and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive."

    Each time that we prepare our hearts for public worship and faithfully attend the house of the Lord we are providing a proper example to our children, other believers, and the lost world at large. Each time we engage in public worship we are declaring to everyone our allegiance and loyalty to the cause of Christ. Every time we willfully neglect the house of the Lord our actions show that we have little respect for God and His ways. I agree with Milburn Cockrell who wrote: "The indifference of church members to the institution that stands for Christ is the greatest hindrance to the progress of Christ's work. A person has no more interest in the souls of men and Jesus Christ than he has for Christ's church."

    What kind of example are we setting for our lost relatives and neighbors when we fail to go to church consistently? Even lost people scoff at a man's religion that doesn't have enough power to take him to church! What kind of example are we setting for our children when ball games, boating, fishing, and other pleasures take a precedence over the Lord's church? These are questions individuals ought to seriously consider the next time they contemplate willfully missing church.

    Our failure to attend church regularly will have a corrupting influence on others as II Chronicles 27:2 implies: "And he (Jotham, v. 1) did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah did: HOWBEIT HE ENTERED NOT INTO THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD. AND THE PEOPLE DID YET CORRUPTLY." Jotham's failure to publicly worship the Lord had a damning effect upon Ahaz his son of whom it is written: "For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten images for Baalim. Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel." May God help us to remember that little eyes are watching the examples that we set for others!

    Jesus Christ is the Head and Lawgiver of His churches, and as such He is in attendance every time the church assembles. He walks in the midst of His churches. He has deposited His glory in His church according to Ephesians 3:21 which states: "Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus through all ages, world without end. Amen." If Christ's glory and presence is found in His churches then should we not make every effort to be faithful to assemble in His name and enjoy His blessed fellowship? Matthew 18:20 declares: "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Christ has promised to meet with His people when they assemble in His name and we should count that a most glorious privilege. I wonder what our dear Saviour thinks when people stay home to watch television rather than come to worship and fellowship with Him in His church?
    People will go to great lengths to converse with and be in the presence of a famous person. Jesus Christ is the most important person in all the universe. He is spiritually present in all of His churches when they meet together for public worship. We ought to never willfully allow one opportunity of fellowship with Him pass by through neglecting God's house. Oh that God will change our attitudes so that we could say with the Psalmist: "LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth" (Psa. 26:8).

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    • Blogger ervina w jenkins says so:
      6:39 PM  

      this was awesome it could not have been worded any better it was so powerful and uplifting thank you very much.ewjenkins top

    • Blogger DB says so:
      10:02 PM  

      The bible never actually refers to a specific building. All these passages say is for people to gather together and worship. The word church if you return to the source is referring to a group of 2 or more people not a building with a cross on to and 'certified' preacher, which you have to pay a certain homage to every year. top

    • Blogger darkangeljanie says so:
      3:48 PM  

      None of those things ever mentioned the word 'church'. The people who speak in those churches are doing exactly what the bible forbids speaking in vain. I don't honestly believe most people know anything about the bible truthfully when they go to church. Churches choose select morals. And if they were smart they'd realise symbols i.e crosses are also forbidden...dumbasses top

    • Blogger Michelle D Sam says so:
      1:27 AM  

      Thank you very much for this post, it is a lot of information, Alos my personal opinion is that SYNAGOGUE is the building where a Jewish assembly or congregation meets for religious observance and instruction. Apparently this is the kind of church you find now where Gods people get together in praise & worship learning the word of the Lord and still the Lords word says "God's promise of enjoying his rest still stands. So be careful that none of you fails to receive it" (Hebrews 4:1)"So there is still a Sabbath rest for God's people"(Hebrews 4:9)I hope & pray that people of less faith will be guided by the Holy spirit to discover the Lords Mysteries. top

    • Blogger Harold Perry says so:
      6:12 AM  

      Wow! You speak just like an atheist as if God does not exist. The Bible state clearly people are to gather and speak the word. The minister is just the most knowledgeable speaker. You should go to church so can learn these things as who ever is teaching you about God and the church are obviously wrong."Dumbass"

    • Blogger Harold Perry says so:
      6:14 AM  

      Wow! You speak just like an atheist as if God does not exist. The Bible state clearly people are to gather and speak the word. The minister is just the most knowledgeable speaker. You should go to church so can learn these things as who ever is teaching you about God and the church are obviously wrong."Dumbass"

    • Blogger John Big Easy says so:
      10:21 AM  

      My problem is finding a church that does not rip certain pages out of the Bible. If it does not fit their agenda deny it "Oh that was for a different time". So many liberal churches think most of the Bible is a joke. Why waste your time in such a church? top

    • Blogger SHANE says so:
      9:52 AM  

      it does not say go to church. and god did not command it either. it is not in the Ten Commandments nor does it say YOU HAVE TO ATTENED CHURCH TO GO TO HEAVEN.
      The closest thing even related to it be where two or three are gathered there I am in the misted. and that can be at work home the mall what ever. we fear god but we love him? god is a just god not an evil god. and if you think we should fear anything it should be people trying to force upon church that's why about 60 present of the people that ATTENED are fake and criminals. most churches are all about the money go to any church they take up offering and teach that you have to pay 10 percent and they don't even pay taxes. because its non profit. what a joke. top

    • Blogger Toshay Zeigler says so:
      2:45 PM  

      Complete and Utter BS top

    • Blogger fryndragon says so:
      7:19 AM  

      I don't go to church... I don't do so to "forsake the gathering". I love being around believers and discussing the Bible (most times). I don't go because of how and when it's typically done... I have found, in my research/studies, that "going to church on Sunday" was a result of the command of Constantine, that all religions should worship on the "venerable day of the sun". It doesn't take much more than a wiki search to see that... and I see no Biblical commandment to gather and worship on Sundays, so it's obvious, to me, that the truth is in what I found. It is one way, of many, that the "Christian faith" (more accurately the Roman Catholic Church) has indoctrinated many practices that were originally part of pagan sun-god worship, and that I reject. Others include Christmas, Easter, Lent, and Valentines day... I refuse to do anything for HIM that I find was indoctrinated into the "Christian faith" from pagan/idoltrous worship... and thus remove it from my life. I believe this is what HE wants us to do, the same as HE always has... to not learn idoltrous ways and do them in HIS name (Deuteronomy 12:29-31).

      I have yet to find a good community of like-minded believers to commune with, but my eyes are open for it... I do not hate anyone who goes to Sunday church, but I can not, in good conscience, follow that example. I will not go "church hunting" or to try to "find a church". I am just trying to grow in my relationship with HIM, and trust that HE will guide me to where I need to go.

      I am not trying to tell anyone else what to do, but just saying what I decided and why... but I will say that I do believe it is wrong to blindly follow in that, not keeping ones eyes open to where it came from... to go to "Sunday church" may be more harmful than good, because if they can't acknowledge/recognize the idoltrous/pagan origins in their "day of worship", what other things might they be ignorantly teaching about HIM, that may be leading us down the wrong path? top

    • Blogger Michelle D Sam says so:
      8:12 AM  

      Need One More Reason to Go to Church?

      Jesus went to church as a regular practice. Luke 4:16 says, "He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue (the building where a Jewish assembly or congregation meets for religious observance and instruction. Apparently this is the kind of church you find now where Gods people get together), as was his custom." (NIV) It was his custom—his regular practice—to go to church. The Message Bible puts it like this, "As he always did on the Sabbath, he went to the meeting place." If Jesus made it a priority to meet together with other believers, shouldn't we, as his followers, do so also?


      So, if you are disillusioned with church, perhaps the problem is not "church in general," but rather the type of churches you have experienced thus far. Have you done an exhaustive search to find a good church? Perhaps you have never attended a healthy, balanced Christian church? They really do exist. I would encourage you not to give up, but continue to search for a Christ-centered, biblically-balanced church. But as you search, remember also, churches are imperfect. They are full of flawed people. However, we can't let other people's mistakes keep us from a genuine relationship with God and all of the blessings he has planned for us as we relate within his body. top

    • Blogger The Cheyne Clan says so:
      12:25 PM  

      My husband and I had the same problem.. We prayed and prayed for a Church. It was a very funny way how GOD lead us to ours.. Long story short. A doc friend of ours attended this Church. My hubby does PC work. The Church was opening a school. The school/Church needed a pc repair man. Thats how.. Our oldest 2 children started attending school there, my husband became the pc guy and I was the web designer for the website. We felt like family as soon as we walked in. He preached straight from the Bible. Some Churches DO NOT have Bibles in the Church ANYWHERE.. The Preachers preach what they want you to hear. top

    • Blogger The Cheyne Clan says so:
      12:28 PM  

      and another thing, is how can true CHRISTians call themselves CHRISTians while they are out cheating, stealing, bar hopping, Ect.. Thats why US real CHRISTians have a hard time winning souls. Here in the West, it is very hard. Alot of ppl are afraid to go because they will get judged. Who are we to judge? top

    • Blogger jaysoblessed says so:
      5:33 PM  

      I like all the above its true we should be in the house of the lord on Sundays after dealing with this crazy world and the trouble we face) that's when we need to be worshippers and attend daily Sunday service and that's the time we can release or prayers and praises ...see God blessed the seventh day and made it holy...so its something about that day....that's a day to shout your troubles over top

    • Blogger Joe Bigliogo says so:
      4:46 PM  

      But church specifically is not specified. Other places to revere the lord are synagogues, temples and mosques. These places are as legit. top

    • Blogger Really? says so:
      10:42 AM  

      This comment has been removed by the author. top

    • Blogger Laura Anderson says so:
      9:02 AM  

      My family and I start going to a church that we really liked. The preacher was a straight man. He also had understandable sermons but we stop going because some of the people start making us feel like they wanted everything to be perfect. My husband worked in the sound department for the church and there was also another man that worked with him who was always telling him he was doing something wrong and would say it very mean. My husband said he couldn't even listen to the sermon because he would be so upset with the man. I tried to get into the children's ministries. I gave them my name and number so many times,they even did a background check on me but every Sunday the lady that is over it would get in front of the church asking for volunteers. I sit there saying to myself I have signed up so many times why am I being overlooked. It was something missing there to my opinion. What should we do? top

    • Blogger John chandler says so:
      9:22 AM  

      My take on this is simple.God did instruct us on how to lay out a"Temple". We can call it by whatever name suits us.How can anyone say that God instructed us on how to lay it out without expecting us to attend.

    • Blogger Mark Deegan says so:
      7:37 AM  

      Obviously the Bible says assembling for God is a great thing , as Jesus clearly did in the Bible. Though probably other situations could be as beneficial , as he says when a few are gathered in his name. Such is probably the only definition of a church. Just as his idea of heaven is "within "amongst". top

    • Blogger Mark Deegan says so:
      7:39 AM  

      Obviously the Bible says assembling for God is a great thing , as Jesus clearly did in the Bible. Though probably other situations could be as beneficial , as he says when a few are gathered in his name. Such is probably the only definition of a church. Just as his idea of heaven is "within "amongst". top

    • Blogger lisa salamone-talton says so:
      12:55 PM  

      Using profanity to support God is so not right ! top

    • Blogger ErikRadomskiy says so:
      8:58 AM  

      Going to church once a week or twice a week is not biblical and it was never a command in the old testament and the new testament. Assembling together does not imply going to church on Sunday. And using the command to rest on the Sabbath has nothing to do with going to church. The meaning of the word church today is completely different from the meaning in the Bible. Most people think a church is a building with a sign/cross, places to sit down, a stage, a band/choir and a preacher speaking to the crowd. But that is not what church is! If Paul or Peter walked in to any of our churches we have in the United States today, they would not think that they just walked into a church.

      Jesus gave us a command, to make disciples. He never commanded us to go to church every Sunday. If you truly want to be part of God's body (the church) then you must first become a disciple (follower of Jesus) and then make other disciples for Jesus. This can be done in home groups, daily, weekly etc. We can share our lives and Jesus with others through meetings in our homes, in public, breaking bread together and helping each other. This is the picture I see when I read the book of Acts, when the first church was started. top