10 Reasons Why You Should Get Involved
According to a recent newspaper report, only 8 percent of British men attend church regularly, though 53 percent identify themselves as Christians.
And the situation is similar in other Western nations, with more than 40 percent of U.S. evangelicals not attending church weekly and more than 60 percent of American mainline Christians not attending weekly, according to Pew data. In short, millions who consider themselves Christians limit their church attendance largely to holidays, weddings and funerals.
If you’re among these millions, please give church another chance. By getting involved, you’ll discover that what you once viewed as a chore is actually a blessing. Here are 10 reasons why:
1. Church involvement is evidence that you’re a Christian in the first place. It also helps keep you from abandoning the faith. According to the author of Hebrews, the antidote to developing an “unbelieving heart” that leads you “to fall away from the living God” is to “exhort one another” (Hebrews 3:12) — an activity that occurs most prominently in the church.
2. Gathering with a church encourages believers to love others and do good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).
4. A church helps you defend Christianity against those who attack it. When Jude told the early Christians to “contend for the faith” (Jude 1:3), he directed his instruction toward a group of believers, not a scattering of lone-ranger Christians. Answering challenges from coworkers, friends and family members is always easier when you can ask fellow church members for help and wisdom.
5. A church is a great venue for pooling resources to support missions and benevolent works (2 Corinthians 8:1; 3 John 1:5). Your money combined with that of fellow church members can do a lot for Christ.
6. A church helps its members maintain correct doctrine (1 Timothy 1:15). You might begin to adopt unbiblical ideas without realizing it yourself. But you probably won’t adopt unbiblical ideas without someone at your church realizing it, and they can help you get back to the truth.
8. A church supports you when you face persecution (Acts 4:23; Acts 12:12). You may not be imprisoned for your Christian beliefs like the apostles were, but a church family is still a great source of comfort when you face stinging words or unfair treatment.
9. A church is where you can be baptized and take part in the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 28:18; 1 Corinthians 11:17; Ephesians 4:4). These two ordinances are a vital part of any believer’s walk with Jesus.
10. A church provides the setting for corporate worship (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). Though it’s a blessing to praise God alone, there is a unique joy that accompanies singing God’s praises with an entire congregation of Christ followers.
The above article is a repost by David Roach
The following are just a few areas where you can get involved at Mount Zion First Baptist Church.
Young Adult Ministry
Food Bank Ministry
Parking lot Ministry
Communications Ministry and more.