There are many people who do not want to go to church because of bad experiences: some feel like they are the ‘odd-one-out’ and some think that they will be judged.
The Bible teaches if we trust in Jesus as our Saviour, we enter into God’s family and Jesus is like a brother. The book of Romans says that we become “heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). People don’t like church, as they believe that they would have nothing in common with those who go – but the church gives us a heavenly bond. The church is God’s plan in creating a family who share their lives together in community with Jesus as the head.
Also, people have a fear of being judged – that others will look down on you because of your history or upbringing. Jesus came not for people who think they are perfect and have all of life’s problems sorted out, but for people who need hope.
Jesus said in Luke 5:31&32, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” The church is full of people who have broken lives and realize this. It is a place where people can meet the Spiritual doctor, Jesus Christ, and that we can love and encourage one another in fellowship. The church is meant to prepare us for heaven – a place of security and a loving and forgiving community.
Acts 2:42 tells us what the first church did – “They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” We seek to do the same, striving to be a loving community focused on God, hearing from His Word and praying with one another.