Why Church?

“23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”  ~Hebrews 10:23-25 NKJV
 
The concept of church as we know it today originates in Old Testament worship and New Testament fellowship. Ultimately, it was God’s idea. Although the first Christians met in homes rather than separate church buildings as we do today, the concept was the same…to encourage and help followers of Christ in order that they might serve Him and guide others into having a relationship with God. (Hebrews 10:25)
 
The Church has three purposes: 1) to introduce the lost to Christ; 2) to provide an environment to worship God and fellowship with others who hold similar values in their love for Christ; and 3) to effectively train and nurture believers.
 

If we as Christians are to maintain our walk with God, we must submit ourselves to His Word and godly examples firmly rooted in the faith. These goals can best be accomplished through a warm and caring body of believers – the local church (Acts 20:28; Philippians 2:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 10:25).