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Explain the value of a Christian place of worship in the life of a Christian.

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Explain the value of a Christian place of worship in the life of a Christian To the casual onlooker, going to Church can be very unappealing. Churches can often seem limited, unwelcoming clubs for people who are dull and boring, hogging a building that the rest of the community can't wait to get their hands on to turn into an art gallery, or a trendy wine bar. Either that, or they're places full of middle-class, middle-aged, 'happy-clappy' no-brains, with smug smiles, jumping around and singing to ordinary music. Is it any wonder that church going appears to be on the decline? The truth is that church comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Whatever else it is, however, in order to be a real church, it has to be more than just a building or website where people meet. A real church is a community, inspired by God, who lives in unity with himself - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - an eternal community. ...read more.

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God gave himself in Jesus, to save us from our sins, and many Christians find the need to thank God for this. It is a way of showing God that what he did for them was appreciated. Another affect that going to Church has on people, is simply the education. You can learn so much about God from just one sermon, and you can hear other people's views and opinions about the mysteries of life, and things that perhaps you don't understand. People can receive guidance from God through going to Church. God speaks to each of us through other people - our friends, our family, our community - and in attending Church, other people who hold the same beliefs can give you advice, guidance and encouragement. Going to church gives many Christians the feeling of 'being at home'; a feeling of belonging. They know that God has called them, and they feel that they are in the right place. ...read more.

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This is one reason why having a church is excellent - it is a place where families can come together with the community, to baptise and share their child's coming into the faith. At church, there is a font, where the baby is 'dipped'. This is to show purity, cleansing of sins, and welcoming the child into its 'new life'. Another main rite is death. In the same way as at a baptism, people gather together here for a funeral/celebration of life. Finally, many Christians find that going to Church, helps them to find out who they really are. They can experience God through others, and others can experience God through them. I think that once you step into Church, you will know whether or not you are truly meant to be there. God intended the Church for everyone, but to go to Church in a way that is true to yourself, you have to want to go; otherwise, you will sit through the sermon, wondering why you are there, and not back in bed! Hannah Voice ...read more.

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