by Bill Pratt
I am speaking to the born-again Christian. Why should you go to church? Unfortunately, there are many of you out there who have decided that you no longer need to attend church, for whatever reason. You worship in your home, you read your Bible, you pray, so why do you need to get out of bed on Sunday mornings and go to church?
There are many good reasons for going to church, but I want to talk about one reason in particular. Here it is: your salvation may stall out, or, at least, fail to mature as quickly. Yes, your salvation. I know some of you are screaming, “Once saved, always saved! Going to church has nothing to do with my salvation!”
You have forgotten that salvation consists of three parts: justification, sanctification, and glorification. It is true that your justification is a one-time event, but your sanctification is a process that occurs over the remainder of your life. The New Testament actually spends far more time talking about your sanctification than your justification!
Sanctification is the process by which you cooperate with the Holy Spirit to become more Christ-like. To become more Christ-like is to obey God’s will, to strive every day, with the Holy Spirit’s help, to do as the Father commands. If you are a Christian who does not want to do what the Father commands more and more every day, you have completely missed the plain message of the Bible…
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