Why Church? Week 3:
Pastor Dave Chiolero
We’ve been unpacking this idea of ‘why church’ for the past couple weeks. It’s a good question to ask. Why did you get up this morning and come here? There’s a reason why you made this service a priority in your life. Is it because you love to be in the house of the Lord? Well, to be honest, this isn’t the house of the Lord. This is a building. You are the house of the Lord. God doesn’t dwell in structures built by man, He lives in our hearts – in our lives – He dwells within us. Did you come here today because you like to see your friends and family? Did you come to learn something? Do you have your notepad and Bible ready to make sure you write down and remember what God says to you? Are you here because this is what you’ve always done on Sunday mornings? You grew up church all your life. Are you here because your parents brought you here today? If they didn’t make you come would you still be sleeping? Maybe that used to be true, but now you come because you really want to be here. Do you come for the great worship, the teaching, the kids ministry?
And why did God tell us we should do this – this church thing? Or did he?
These are great questions to ask because we need to have some conviction about why we come together. Without conviction, it will be easy to slip away. All it takes is for a little change to come your way and then your routine is broken, your support structure isn’t there anymore. You question why you should keep doing it because it didn’t matter to you that much anyway.
So many of our teenagers head off to college and no longer attend a church.
But if we can really understand why God said we should meet together. If we understand the value, then nothing will be able to take church away from us.
So, WHY CHURCH?
We’ve covered worship
We’ve covered fellowship
Today we’re going to talk about discipleship.
My son, Michael, just got his drivers license. He studied and took his written test last summer, the onling study taught him a lot about the rules of the road and a variety of safety tips to follow. He had a lot of information. Do you think that made him an expert when I started teaching him how to drive? Can you remember the first time you tried to drive? It takes more than book knowledge to be a good driver.
Can you think of a single endeavor that isn’t greatly improved by a mentoring relationship? Lets consider a few types of jobs.
- Teacher: Mastering a subject doesn’t mean you know how to convey that information to a student in a way that they will learn. So there’s student teaching requirements with a mentor teacher who has experience.
- Builder: In the trades, you serve as an apprentice under supervision before becoming a Journeyman.
- Doctor: Aren’t you glad that your doctor had to intern (or do their residency) for a few years before you go under the knife. Even they, they consult with each other and do surgeries together.
- Soldier: Can you imagine us sending out our young men and women to the front lines of battle with only Call Of Duty as their training?
The point is, if you want to become good at anything, you really need the help of someone else!
Maturity requires relationship
Without relationship, you just have knowledge. That’s not enough in the job world, and that’s not enough in the Kingdom of God. Knowledge alone doesn’t make a disciple.
Our key scripture is this:
“Don't avoid worshiping together as some do but spur each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.’”
Say, “Spur each other on”
Spurs are worn by riders to provoke the horse to do what needs to be done.
Discipleship is taking personal responsibility for the growth and maturity of people around me. ‘GO MAKE DISCIPLES’
If discipleship was something you could achieve on your own, He wouldn’t have sent others to help you.
Maturity requires relationship
Why do use the word ‘Maturity’?
Just as a baby is born completely helpless and eventually grows to maturity, We start out as baby Christians when we are born again – and God wants us to grow up and mature. And just as babies need parents, we need spiritual parents.
Ephesians 4:11-15 - Maturity in the Body of Christ
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
God wants us to grow up, but we can’t do that without relationship because Maturity requires relationship.
And each of us has the ability – the responsibility – to spur someone else on.
So, lets take a look at how Jesus did it… since He’s our perfect example.
1. It started with relationship – there was a personal invitation from Jesus to come and hang out with Him.
Who are the people you are inviting to walk closely with you?
Discipleship starts with being vulnerable. Relationship requires vulnerability.
2. As they walked with Jesus, they observed how He lived His life loving God and loving others.
How do those close to you see you love God and others?
I find it interesting that Jesus had to be asked by the disciples to teach them how to pray.
3. Jesus Spurred them into doing ministry.
How are you plugging your followers into ministry?
Maturity requires relationship.
Who are you inviting close to you?
Who are you drawing close to for wisdom and guidance?
And what’s the next step they need with God and how can you spur them forward?
Why Church? Because we need the help of each other to grow to maturity.
Maturity requires relationship
Wouldn’t it be great if everyone here today could name one or two other people who had total access to your life.
They know your strengths, your dreams, your victories.
They know your weaknesses, your fears, your failures.
And they love you no matter what.