Dr. Swisher, Should one attend Church by themselves or involve their family?  Charlotte, Port Clinton, Ohio

Hello Charlotte. Thanks for writing and asking this important question. Our faith in God and the way we worship and live out that faith is both intensely personal and uniquely corporate at the same time. That is probably the core juxtaposition that gave rise to your question.

When we accept Jesus into our hearts and make the quality decision to follow Him we are making an individual decision. However, we live out that faith in community working together to help, encourage and elevate others. This communal nature of Christianity is why many Churches refer to themselves as the “Community of Faith” or “The Body of Christ.”  

Those descriptions are directly related to these Bible verses; “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together but encouraging one another in life” Hebrews 10:24-25. And from Romans 12 4-5 “Just as we have many members in one body with different functions, so we, who are many are one body in Christ and each individually members of one another.”

There you have it, Charlotte. We should involve our family, friends and even random people we meet in life in this exciting adventure called Church. You are invited to join our family today at Epworth UMC as we Celebrate our belief in God and God’s belief in us.