9 Best Things About Being Connected to a Church
As the self-designated social media manager, I was browsing through our church pictures on Facebook to tag people who were in them. I ended up teary-eyed during the task as it hit me how much I love the church that I belong to.
The importance of being part of a church family has been downplayed recently, especially with those individualistic philosophy that seems to be prevalent. Yet, we need it now more than ever. By “church” here, of course I mean the people who are part of the body of Christ, and not just the building/structure.
Here are the 9 best things about being connected to a church:
1. You EAT together
I’m not sure if I’m speaking for the general population, but the church I am part of just LOVES eating together! Other than the quarterly eat-all-you-can fundraising events, you’re also sure to have something to eat when you attend a small group gathering, the mid-week service, or even any regular leaders’ meeting. I enjoy eating out with friends from outside church, but there’s just a certain joy in sharing even a simple meal with fellow believers. I am reminded of Acts 2:46, which says:
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts…
2. You PLAY together
Not just in our church but even in other churches out there, I know that people enjoy sharing playful moments. It is a common occurrence to have church sportsfests, and just this month, our church is also hosting a “Department Fest” where we have a healthy competition among the various age groups in cooking, Dubsmash-ing, modeling, etc. Through being part of a spiritual community, I think I’ve also witnessed almost all variations of parlor games or icebreakers out there. We make sure to play one to keep a light and fun atmosphere whenever we have fellowship time. Other than literal sports and games, churchmates also travel, watch movies, hang out, etc. You can count on them for clean and wholesome fun!
3. You PRAY together
More important than playing, you’re also sure to count on your spiritual family to pray with you. While I do not discount the strength of one person’s prayer, there is a certain kind of comfort and encouragement in knowing that someone else is praying for you and with you. Just earlier today, I attended our church prayer meeting (for the first time in a long time since I work at night) and it reminded me of how much my faith is built up by hearing my fellow believers pray.
4. You LAUGH together
Our church is one boisterous bunch. Really. I mean, we’re LOUD. VERY LOUD. And I love that my spiritual family is a group of folks who shares jokes, and enjoys light moments. Even during the welcome portion of our church service, you’re sure to hear laughter when an associate pastor cracks a joke! I am a firm believer that while there are moments when we are called to be solemn, God’s presence and the harmony with fellow believers can bring us joy!
5. You CRY together
Even in tears, your spiritual family can be with you. I cannot count with my hands the number of times I’ve cried in front of churchmates while sharing stories of struggle and victory. The best thing about it is that they won’t judge you or give you worldly tips. They’ll comfort and give Biblical advice, and most of the time, they’ll even cry with you to share in your joy or in your sadness.
6. You SERVE together
I love serving in church! More than anything that I do for work (be it my actual job or on-top) or for my personal passion projects, it is in the church that I enjoy serving the most. It’s made even better by having fellow believers who sacrifice a bit of themselves as well to serve with you–regardless of any age, physical, or financial constraints. In my 5 years of serving in the ministry, I’ve had the pleasure of ‘working’ alongside very diligent people who don’t ask for anything in return and honestly just want to glorify God with their skills. It’s such a joy to grow as well with these people in terms of skills and gifts as you find yourselves taking on bigger and bigger tasks every year!
7. You GIVE together
To give for the cause of Christ with a spiritual family is just a wonderful opportunity. I believe that giving tithes and offering is not a “should” and should be something that we do out of what’s in our hearts. And it just makes me happy when people cheerfully give back to the Lord what is His, for the use of His Church. We also have other funds in the church where people can give voluntarily, and one of the main ones is our lot fund, which is used for the payment of our new church lot. I am just moved whenever I hear of people who generously give from their monetary resources to help out for this fund. It just shows how they treat the church as their second home.
8. You WORSHIP together
While I know that worship is a lifestyle, I’m referring to “corporate worship” here. That said, I love Sundays! It’s such a celebratory event to gather with a spiritual family and just thank and praise God! Personally, it strengthens and encourages me whenever I see churchmates during the Sunday services. While I do meet some of them throughout the week and regularly converse with them on Facebook, nothing beats hugs and pats on the back shared with them, and then jointly lifting our hands to give God the glory that He deserves!
9. You GO FORTH together
Whenever I think about how to do it, I get a feeling of discomfort and difficulty on how to “go forth and multiply”. Being part of a spiritual family though has helped encourage me to do my mission. The people I am surrounded with become a reminder to me that I am not alone in my purpose to help in Kingdom expansion. I am WITH my fellow believers! Together, and most especially with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can conquer and take dominion over the works of the enemy in this world!
This list could go on and on, but I guess all that I wanted to say was that there are so many benefits to being part of a church. And I mean REALLY being a part of one, and not just sitting at the back every Sunday without talking to anyone and then sprinting out after the sermon.
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Are you already connected to a church? If you are, share with us what YOU like about having a spiritual family! Are you still looking for the right one for you? Let us know so we can help you!
God is love, and that love works through men—especially through the whole community of Christians. But this spirit of love is, from all eternity, a love going on between the Father and Son. – C. S. Lewis