Summary: If somebody asked you, “Why are you a part of the church family? Why do you participate in church services?” what would you say? What would you tell them?
Last week I told you that on a typical Sunday morning, all over America, more than 100 million Americans will go to church. But most of those people have never clarified, Why? They’ve never figured out, Why do I do this? Some people go to church out of guilt. Some people go out of pressure. Some people go to church out of habit. Some people go because they think it’s the thing to do.
If somebody asked you, “Why are you a part of the church family? Why do you participate in church services?” what would you say? What would you tell them?
Once a year the United States’ constitution requires the President of the United States deliver an annual State of the Union message to the joint houses of Congress. It’s required by our constitution. Last week I told you that I want to start a here at Bethany where once a year, the pastor deliver a State of the Church message.
I started this last week with Part I of my message and today I conclude with Part 2. I want us to go back and look at it again and say, “Why do we do this? Why do we have services? Why do we a building and grounds. Why do we give money? Why do we plan ministries.” Never do anything in life without understanding the reason. Your life is too precious to waste on things that don’t matter. Never get involved in anything, never waste any time on something that you haven’t figured out what’s the purpose of this.
We need to do this every year. We review. We remember. We reinforce why we do what we do.
But before I do that, I want to look at a couple of verses.
1 Peter 1:3 “God has given us the privilege of being born again so that we are now members of God’s own family.” The Bible says that when you become a believer in Christ, you become a member of a family. The moment you were born into this world physically, you became a part of the human race.
When you were reborn spiritually, born again (that means getting a new start) you were born into God’s family. You became a part of His family. The Bible says that the family is called the church. Paul writes to Timothy: “That family is the church of the living God the support and foundation of the truth.”
It’s interesting to me that the church is not an institution. The church is not a business. The church is not an organization, a social club. The church, the Bible says, is a family. We’re a family. It says it’s the “…the support and foundation of the truth.” If you have ever built a house you know the importance of a good foundation. If you’ve ever lived through some of the floods we have had here, you know that if you don’t have good foundation and good support, your house is going to crumble.
In your life, you’re going to have some personal floods, some financial floods, some relational floods, some physical-health problem floods, maybe some moral floods. There’s going to be some things that come into your life that shake you to the core.
If you don’t have a good foundation, if you don’t have good support built up, you’re going to crumble. In the future, there’s going to be a whole lot of shaking going on. You will have some tough times. The Bible says that God put the church on earth to be the support and the foundation of your life.