It is possible that church and Christianity are foreign concepts to you. The following brief information and reading assignments will provide basic information to some of your questions. We hope you enjoy discovering the beauty of the Christian faith.
What does the word "church" mean? It comes from a Greek word called Ekklesia. (Pronounced ek-klay-see'-ah). It means a called out assembly. These assemblies are made up of people called Christians (Christ-followers). Christians are called out of the way of sin (darkness) and are to reflect the standards of God (light). I Peter 2:9 - "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."
Why does the church assemble? To declare praise to God and His Son Jesus Christ. The world is "dark" with evil (sin). Christians have learned Jesus came to save us from our sins. We can turn from them and please God with a righteousness way of living. So, we worship in thanksgiving. Romans 6:20-23 - "When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." II Corinthians 9:15 - "Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!"
Who is God? The Bible introduces Him as the Creator of all things - light, water, vegetation, sun, moon, stars, fish, birds, animals, and mankind. Genesis 1:1 - "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
Reading Assignment: Genesis Chapters 1 and 2.