Why do we go to church?

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Bobby

Mansfield, TX

#1 Aug 31, 2014
What is your number one reason for going to church? For example, I suspect the number one reason catholics go to church is the receive the sacraments.
William

Montgomery, AL

#2 Aug 31, 2014
I suspect that the real reason is to "see and been seen."

An awful lot of judging goes on on a Sunday morning and a Wednesday evening in a church. Who is there, who isn't there, did they drop off anything in the collection plate, gossiping about so-and-so, and a laundry list of other judgy things.

That, and its a meat-market to find a girlfriend or a boyfriend, because "hey, at least it isn't a bar or nightclub!"
Dave P

Morehead, KY

#3 Aug 31, 2014
I agree with Bobby's point about catholics.
I also agree with Williams take too.

For me, its a mix. I am looking for a place for me and my children to go. I want a place that can helpme teach my kids and keep them interested. Old school n/iI coc didn't. Also a place that actually teaches scripture. So far, disappointed.

Last two weeks was a Christian church. No teaching. Today I actually had the courage to go to a Holiness church.(Laugh if u want, former coc people know how it is). Fifth Sunday concert no teaching. May have to try one more time there to see how the teaching is.
Bobby

Mansfield, TX

#4 Aug 31, 2014
William wrote:
I suspect that the real reason is to "see and been seen."
An awful lot of judging goes on on a Sunday morning and a Wednesday evening in a church. Who is there, who isn't there, did they drop off anything in the collection plate, gossiping about so-and-so, and a laundry list of other judgy things.
That, and its a meat-market to find a girlfriend or a boyfriend, because "hey, at least it isn't a bar or nightclub!"
Without trying to be to personal- what is the main reason you go to church?

I go mostly out of a desire to be with people who love the Lord. It helps that we have great teachers who bring us closer to the Lord. Second, is that I feel an obligation to be there. Sorta like practicing for eternity.

Interesting story:
When I was in the coc, my friend and co-worker who attended the same coc as we did, had an interesting habit. Because we had the announcements and communion before the sermon, this man and his wife would bring their boat to church with them and as soon as they took communion they would head for the lake.

sounds a lot like a catholic, doesn't it?
Dave P

Morehead, KY

#5 Aug 31, 2014
Yup it does. "We got communion in. We're good until next week. Who needs a sermon?"

Churches of Christ are more sacramental than they think. I know men who can tell you exactly how many they've baptized or how many times they took communion. Forget any meaning to it. And you're spiritually just doing your ritualistic duty.

Coc and catholics are both probably close. One has 5 sacraments the other 7.
Dave P

Morehead, KY

#6 Aug 31, 2014
I personally go to be encouraged and challenged. Secondly, I do feel that fellowship/breaking of bread is important to me.
Eyeseaewe

Germany

#7 Aug 31, 2014
One thing I thinks keeps people attending regularly is the "Forsake not the assembling of yourselves) verse. The preachers like to brow beat it to death. Low attendance equals less ka-ching in the offering plate is my guess.
Bobby

Mansfield, TX

#8 Aug 31, 2014
Eyeseaewe wrote:
One thing I thinks keeps people attending regularly is the "Forsake not the assembling of yourselves) verse. The preachers like to brow beat it to death. Low attendance equals less ka-ching in the offering plate is my guess.
Yes it is common to use guilt to keep people coming to church.

Why do you go to church?
William

Montgomery, AL

#9 Aug 31, 2014
Bobby wrote:
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Without trying to be to personal- what is the main reason you go to church?
I go mostly out of a desire to be with people who love the Lord. It helps that we have great teachers who bring us closer to the Lord. Second, is that I feel an obligation to be there. Sorta like practicing for eternity.
Interesting story:
When I was in the coc, my friend and co-worker who attended the same coc as we did, had an interesting habit. Because we had the announcements and communion before the sermon, this man and his wife would bring their boat to church with them and as soon as they took communion they would head for the lake.
sounds a lot like a catholic, doesn't it?
I get the need for fellowship. It's the garbage, phony doctrine that I hate.

The THAT/AND mentality is insane, and it leads to nothing but a religious trainwreck.
Eyeseaewe

Germany

#10 Aug 31, 2014
Bobby wrote:
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Yes it is common to use guilt to keep people coming to church.
Why do you go to church?
I have went for a lot of different reasons before including the verse I gave but mostly it is only one thing. I have always looked for a church that worshiped God regardless of the denomination or lack thereof.
Barnsweb

Louisville, OH

#11 Sep 1, 2014
Dave P wrote:
Yup it does. "We got communion in. We're good until next week. Who needs a sermon?"
Churches of Christ are more sacramental than they think. I know men who can tell you exactly how many they've baptized or how many times they took communion. Forget any meaning to it. And you're spiritually just doing your ritualistic duty.
Coc and catholics are both probably close. One has 5 sacraments the other 7.
Yesterday at the CoC the new fall quarter classes were announced. One said there are only two ordinances of the faith: baptism and communion.

Give me a break....
Dave P

Flemingsburg, KY

#12 Sep 1, 2014
Barnsweb wrote:
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Yesterday at the CoC the new fall quarter classes were announced. One said there are only two ordinances of the faith: baptism and communion.
Give me a break....
How can baptism be an ordinance of the faith if you're not "in the faith" until baptized correctly under that theology?
Barnsweb

Louisville, OH

#13 Sep 2, 2014
Dave P wrote:
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How can baptism be an ordinance of the faith if you're not "in the faith" until baptized correctly under that theology?
I think the teacher was presuming on sacrament and ordinance being the same thing.

The central point of CoC is for "the Lords' Supper" every Sunday. The other is baptism to enter, and it has to be for the right reasons and the right manner.

I've been listening to some videos from scholars that cast far more doubt on the Christian faith having any real substance that I've heard before and just wonder at how little they believe is true about the Christian faith - it's like they were educated in all the questions and no answers. Why on earth would they profess or lead others faith in that which they don't actually believe? If I had no more belief in Yeshua as the Jewish Messiah than they had I would have been a banker or politician! No wonder people flounder for lack of knowledge! No small wonder why so many have no beliefs that are anchored to the Rock!
Barnsweb

Louisville, OH

#14 Sep 2, 2014
Eyeseaewe wrote:
One thing I thinks keeps people attending regularly is the "Forsake not the assembling of yourselves) verse. The preachers like to brow beat it to death. Low attendance equals less ka-ching in the offering plate is my guess.
Money - follow the money. It's become more a business than a faith, more a place for entertainment and social setting than a place to worship God and teach people about Jesus Christ. How can people repent to do what God demands of them if they never hear it from those that should be telling them?

I'd hate to be a preacher on the LORD's Day. No wonder some reports of those who have had near death experiences with hell say there are a lot of preachers there!

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#16 Sep 2, 2014
William wrote:
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I get the need for fellowship. It's the garbage, phony doctrine that I hate.
The THAT/AND mentality is insane, and it leads to nothing but a religious trainwreck.
Of course what you believe is not phony.

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#17 Sep 2, 2014
Just like our bodies need food to function, grow, etc. our souls need food also - spiritual food. The Mass and especially the Eucharist provide this spiritual nourishment that we need. You can worship God anywhere and he wants us to. Our lives should be a prayer to God - everything we do should be done to glorify God, but once again going to church gives us the nourishment and the direction we need to accomplish this.

That's just it, "worshiping on one's own" is fundamentally of lesser quality. Christ said that where two or three are gathered in his name, he is there in their midst. One does not receive this quality and presence of Christ "worshiping on their own" in front of the TV during commercials and half-time.

Now, above all things, gathering in Christ's name means the Eucharist...the only thing by which Christ established to "remember" him.
Bobby

Mansfield, TX

#18 Sep 2, 2014
I nailed it on the first message on this thread.

foolish or deceptive talk nonsense=more baloney

Who is the low ender in this story?=Mike trying to keep catholic/pharisee traditions. Look at me- see how good I am...

The Pharisee and Tax Collector
12'I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.' 13"But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying,'God, be merciful to me, the sinner!' 14"I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."
Mike_Peterson

Lucedale, MS

#19 Sep 2, 2014
Bobby wrote:
I nailed it on the first message on this thread.

foolish or deceptive talk nonsense=more baloney

Who is the low ender in this story?=Mike trying to keep catholic/pharisee traditions. Look at me- see how good I am...

The Pharisee and Tax Collector
…12'I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.' 13"But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying,'God, be merciful to me, the sinner!' 14"I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."
Protester talk. Quarreling among yourselves.
Bobby

Mansfield, TX

#20 Sep 2, 2014
Mike_Peterson wrote:
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Protester talk. Quarreling among yourselves.
Who is the low ender in this story?=Mike trying to keep catholic/pharisee traditions. Look at me- see how good I am...

The Pharisee and Tax Collector
…12'I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.' 13"But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying,'God, be merciful to me, the sinner!' 14"I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."
Bobby

Mansfield, TX

#21 Sep 2, 2014
Perfect description of catholic works for salvation:

I was born one mornin', it was drizzlin' rain
Fightin' and trouble are my middle name
I was raised in the canebrake by an ol' mama lion
Cain't no-a high-toned woman make me walk the line

You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store

Those who are working to earn their salvation say: I can get er done, I will work overtime -saint peter- just don't call me yet and be sure you don't say a word to those crazy people who believe in salvation by grace- I will show them...

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