It seems like overtime more and more people are shying away from the church and even though they might be believers they don't find it necessary to attend church or that the need to belong to one is no longer important. Well I can say just from my own walk that my church has been the foundation and the starting point for me being able to grow & learn about the word of God. The last 3 years I've enjoyed every moment I spent at church, from praise & worship Sunday mornings to Bible study Wednesday evenings. It's funny when I think back to how my life use to be, I went from being out at the club Saturday nights to serving the lord Sunday mornings. It was a big change but it was something that I had to do. I knew I had to leave my old ways and start walking in my purpose.
I know for a new believer a lot things probably go through your head the first time you consider going to church, "Will I fit in, will I understand what the pastor is saying, will they ask me for money, does my dress look ok, can I wear sneakers?" There are so many misconceptions in the world about the church that stop people from going but I can say if you strongly feel the need to want to get closer to God going to church is probably the most important step in your walk with Christ. There are so many benefits with going to church and also belonging to a church, not only do you learn the word but you build relationships with people, you enter into an atmosphere where you can worship God without feeling embarrassed or ashamed. We all weren't born and raised in church, the church is filled with people who were once lost and searching for something just like you.
I remember the first time I attended my church (Faith Christian Center World Outreach), I was very reserved and optimistic about what I would experience while I was there. I did not know anyone & I did not have any relationships with anyone there but they all embraced me and even though they did not know me, my story or where I came from that was never important to them all they cared about was my salvation. It took a lot of patience and trust in people I did not know but most importantly I had to trust that God had me in the right place under the right people. My Apostles Dr. Chastain and Ella Rock were the most humble people I had ever come across in the church. Their love for the lord & passion to get people saved and transform lives showed me that I was exactly where I was suppose to be. Everything about the ministry was a reflection of the path I wanted to take. As my leaders preached the word Sunday after Sunday I had the desire to keep coming back for more, I got to the point where I no longer felt like I was just sitting in the church but I was becoming the church having a one on one talk with God.
For 3 years now I've been an active member of my church, I've built relationships with people who were once strangers. I've received genuine love, support, prayer & guidance from people I once had nothing in common with. It's so important for people to understand that the church is like your family, you have people who care about you who will pray for you when you need it, speak good things over your life & uplift you. Those are things you just can't get sitting home In front of a tv. Surround yourself with other believers who will help you if you fall and tell you the truth because they love you.
I'm continuing to build my faith & love for the Lord under the leadership of my Apostles. Because I now belong to the body of Christ I am able to recieve the word of God with an open heart & when the word is being spoken I know it's truth coming from the Holy Spirit through my leaders. You see there are some things you just can't get if your not hooked into a ministry. Take the time and let God lead you to the right one, the world is filled churches who's doors are always open.