The Purpose of the Church 1: “Edification of the Brethren”

 

Why be a member of a church? Why even go to church? Belgic Confession has a whole article, Article 28, dedicated to answering these questions. We live in a day and age where church attendance is optional. It depends on what you feel like. But we need church. It is absolutely necessary for us to attend church. There are many reasons for this, but most importantly we need our church body to encourage us. Like I said a couple weeks ago, our week wears on us, and we become very weary. We need encouragement from our church family, and we need those conversations with people of like faith. Many of us go to high school, college, or work during the week, and we get to Sunday and don’t feel like going to church. But church is what we need! Article 28 of the Belgic Confession says one of the purposes of the church is “serving to the edification of the brethren.” We need others around us to talk about what has happened in the past week. After a week of trials and temptations from Satan, it is so good to have friends and church family around us to help us through these. I want to finish with Hebrews 10:25, which says, “Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Abbie Eriks

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