Why Come to Church?

It is no secret to anyone who is taking the time to read this, that within the past few months, God has called upon me to do everything in my power to bring others to him. I often invite people to church but have found that it can take years for that invitation to be accepted. I have found that children are much more eager to come and I have spent much of my focus reaching out to children in the community.

But why aren’t adults as excited about attending as children are?

  • Is it because they are not ready to face their own convictions?
  • Is it because they simply have not prioritized their time to make room for God?
  • Is it because they do not believe in the one and only God as our heavenly creator?
  • Is it because they do not believe that the only way to eternal life is through our savior Jesus Christ?
  • Is it because they are afraid of the political nonsense that has crept into many churches today?

The list can go on and on but I think the main reason most adults do not attend a local church is because they do not understand the importance of Christian fellowship. Jesus said, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20). I understand that life today makes it hard to commit to attending church every week. Many of us have full-time jobs, children to raise, a household to manage, ball games to attend, activities to run to and when it comes down to it, we just get plain tired. Then it comes down to a matter of prioritizing. Yes, you may believe in God…Yes, you believe in Jesus…but you just can’t make yourself go to church. Why? Why should you go to church?

Here is my own personal list on why you should attend church services as often as honestly possible.

  1. Christian Fellowship – Hebrews 10:25 says ‘Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another…’ I find that the love and support you get from other Christians helps keep you strong in your faith. Fellowship helps keep you on the right path and growing as a Christian. How much Christian support do you get from your co-workers? How about from your boss? How about the folks at the ball fields, school meetings, local bars or wherever it is you spend your time outside church and your home? Ever hear the expression ‘You are the company you keep’….Exactly. In order for you to continue growing in your faith and become what God wants you to be, you need to surround yourself with other Christians!
  2. To Learn – This one is pretty much common sense. The bible is a massive book. There is a lot to take in. By attending church, the bible is broke down in to smaller easier to digest lessons. There are others around to ask when you have questions. Most churches offer bible studies which helps even more. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16). It is much easier to worship and obey God when you know what is expected of you, and you do not have to learn all this alone.
  3. To Serve: I won’t go off on another tangent about serving, but going to church is a great place to serve God. So many things can be done to serve God, and yes, in one way or another; you need to be serving God. If you can’t serve directly at the church by leading worship, teaching a class, cleaning Sunday School rooms, preparing communion or any of the other many, many things that needs done within the church, then church is a great place to learn of other serving opportunities. Many people in need turn to the church for help which makes church a great place to offer your services. “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people” (Ephesians 6:7).

There are many reasons to go to church. I know there are those out there who do not believe that going to church is important and feel you can worship alone at home or through televangelists and whatnot and you have your opinions. My opinions come from biblical study and prayer and if our opinions happen to differ then we can agree to disagree…no negative comments please.

On a different note, let me also stress to you that church can be fun. Christian fellowship isn’t all bores and snores ya know. I am sure it is different at all churches, but where I go, Christian Fellowship is often anything but boring. For instance, any gathering with food is sure to be a good time for most and we have plenty of those. I particular enjoy the musical guests and outdoor events such as the annual community cookout or autumn wiener roasts (corn hole is sure to be a big event at those). I love the Sunrise Services at Easter and the Christmas Eve Candlelit services. My most memorable fellowship gathering would probably be when a few of the church leaders dressed up as the Soggybottom Boys and lip sang to ‘Constant Sorrow.’ I laughed so much during that one I missed half the show! There are also all the Youth Activities like VBS and the Youth Rallies that are sure to be fun and there is always something going on. I encourage you, if you do not already have a church you call home, come check us out at the Lowell Christian Church in Lowell, OH!

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Simply Serving God

My thoughts on Serving God:

Like many people I started off the New Year with my own ideas of resolutions, just some general thoughts and ideas but nothing official. During this time, the focus of my Sunday School class was serving God. We had many lessons that illustrated how you can serve God by serving others. One of the greatest things I have realized since becoming a Sunday School teacher is I learn more by teaching others, and by teaching these lessons to my class I learned how simple serving God can really be. While teaching this lesson and thinking about New Year resolutions, I decided to listen to God more and do more to serve him by serving others.

What some may not realize is it is generally very easy to serve God by serving others. There are so many little things that can be done to help someone in one way or another. Serving God may be as simple as sending a card to someone going through a tough time, preparing a simple meal for someone who currently cannot themselves, holding a door open for someone, provide a couple hours of child care, the list goes on and on. I am in no way saying that everyone needs to become Sunday School teachers, host a bible study, sing an inspirational solo to a congregation or do anything that may make you uncomfortable. What I am suggesting is take the time to talk to God through prayer and simply ask him what he wants you to do. I promise that with persistent and earnest prayers that God will write upon your heart exactly what he wants you to do. Once you get the answer, thank God for the opportunity and then serve like you are serving God and not man. Do your best and then ask for what is next. Like household chores, God’s work is never done so keep on serving!

Mark 10:45

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Colossians 3:23-24

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Ephesians 6:7

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.

Acts 20:35

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Those Days

Despondent – feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom. Synonyms include disheartened, downhearted, melancholy or blue (Dictionary.com).

Despondence. A feeling that surely everyone has had several times throughout their lives. A feeling that we all want to avoid but it is inevitable that we cannot.

I have been thoroughly excited and motivated about getting everyone I know and love to come to church. I truly want everyone that is a part of my life, no matter how great or small, to experience the peace, happiness and blessings I have since I have strived to see God’s will for me and act upon what he wants me to do. There are days when I get a great response which makes me fly high and want to keep working hard and branch out further. Those are the days when the ideas come to me in abundance. Those are the days when I am flooded with excitement as I work on the next Sunday School lesson or talk to a parent about their child coming to church, or am hit with ideas over and over again on serving and outreach. Those are the days that I finish one task for the church and look around for more to do. Those are the days when understanding God’s love for me is so bright and vivid. Those are the days that keep me going.

Then….there are those days of that dreaded despondence. Those days when church attendance is low or there are no ‘likes’ or ‘comments’ on my endless facebook posts regarding bible verses, church invitations or pictures of church events. Those days when I am let down once again by close friends who promise me over and over again they will be there by my side during worship services or Christian events but yet they never can seem to put forth the effort. Those days I long for one best friend during my time on Earth that shares my beliefs, passions, excitements, sorrows, interests, etc and is willing to put as much into a friendship as I do. Those days when the paycheck doesn’t go far enough, a child doesn’t make the team, a family member is sick and the sky is covered with grey clouds. You know, those days that make you wonder why you do anything at all. Those days that make you want to give up because your hard work isn’t making any differences anyway. Those days when you just want to stay in bed and not face the world that has let you down so many times. We have all had…..those days.

I will be the first to admit it is hard to look beyond our earthly troubles. My petty problems are really nothing compared to so many others suffering around the world. On those despondent days, I have to continuously remind myself……

Trust in him….

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

When sadness takes over and it feels like I am all alone, I must remember that God is always with me. I am never alone.

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (Psalm 121).

When others bring me down…

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

When I feel as though I don’t have the strength to continue…

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

When I don’t know what to do or where to go…

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Being a Christian doesn’t mean that you say a prayer and POOF! Suddenly the world is all butterflies and rainbows and life becomes easy. I believe it generally means that life is going to be tougher because you learn to understand what God wants for you and you feel convicted time and time again as you learn to recognize even the smallest of sins. Even those in Christ have days of despondency…for anyone who has ‘those days’ Remember…Trust in Him.

Follow this link for an uplifting song by one of my favorite artists and remember to Trust in Him…

**This blog is based on my own personal research, thoughts and opinions. If your opinions differ than mine then we can agree to disagree, no negative comments needed. If you appreciate the message in anyway, then please feel free to comment, like, and share with others. **