We are in a new age of convenance. You want food from town but don’t want to go out? Have it delivered. Don’t want to talk on the phone, send a text. Have Alexa or Siri or Google help with just about anything. Connect with friends “face to face” with FaceTime or Skype. Shop online instead of in stores. Have your groceries picked out for you. Don’t want to wake up and go to church on Sunday morning? Watch your service online.
You can get almost anything at the tips of your fingers.
I’m not saying it is all bad, I mean it makes life A LOT easier. Especially when you have kids! I mean walmarting with two kids is always a little challenging!
But sometimes we have to analyze if there is any harm with these types of situations.
Today’s topic being, not going to church.
I get it. It’s your day off, you want to sleep in and relax. Your kids aren’t always the easiest to wake up and get church presentable. You want to stay in your sweatpants all day, not wear slacks or a dress. We’ve all been there.
So now the world has made it much easier for you. You turn on your local church on Facebook live, or watch it later on Roku, YouTube or online somewhere else. You are getting the same message everyone else in your church is getting, right? Not only that, but you can watch church services from practically anywhere in the world. So if your favorite pastor lives in New York and you live in California, you get to “attend” church with them.
And I think it is GREAT that churches are putting their stuff online. It gives travelers great opportunity to stay connected, if you are sick and miss a service you can watch it from home. But if we are solely relying on attending church through a device, we aren’t really connecting the way God wants us to.
Where does God tell us to go to church?
“For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them.”
I’m not saying that God isn’t with you when you are alone, but there is a powerful presence when their is a gathering of believers.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
This verse is speaking of the followers of Christ after Jesus returned to heaven. They fellowshipped together, dined together, and spoke the word together. This is what God wants for us still. To be there for each other, and encourage each other in our walks of faith.
“For just as we have many members in one body and all the bodies do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”
God wants us to gather together because we all bring different gifts to the table, just like different parts of your body are used for specific jobs. Speaking in tongues is a great way to communicate with God, especially about things unknown to you. But what if God is trying to tell you something? Someone at your church may be gifted with interpreting and could tell you what God is trying to say through you.
“And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul; and when had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.”
Paul is well known for traveling and ministering but here it tells us that he helped train the new believers, spending a full year with the church. The church is place for believers to meet with people who have studied longer then them, and to learn from them. No one has full knowledge of the Bible, there is simply too much information, types & shadows, for one person to fully see everything. That is the importance of being with others, they may have learned things that you haven’t yet, and they can show you!
There are many other scriptures showing the importance of gathering together. But one of the most important aspects in my mind is the significance of the people you have in your circle.
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
The people you have in your circle matter! You need people in tribe that are going the same direction you want to go.
One of the things I have been asked about before, or has been talked about me, is that I have a lot of older women I call my friends. Like my moms friends, are my friends. And a lot of girls my age (28) find that to be strange. They don’t understand. These women have already experienced almost everything that I will experience in the next 20-30 years of my life. Why wouldn’t I want to use their experiences as a learning curve? It would be dumb not to. They help me, they are farther along in their walk of faith, I can image my life in what they are doing right. It’s important to surround yourself with people who are going in the same direction as you. One of the best places to find those people… church.
One of the most common reasons people don’t go to church is because the church is “full of hypocrites.” If you are saying there are people at church that are addicts, sinners, and wrong doers. You are right. Because they are human. If you are waiting to go to church til you are perfect, you’ll never go. Those people who are struggling, the best place for them is in the church. They shouldn’t be judged for being there. Everyone is in a different place in the journey with God. Some people are simply on “beginner level.” And they shouldn’t have to feel bad about that, at least they have made the decision to start, and that’s what matters most.
I hope you all reconsider joining a church, or diving deeper with your church community.
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