“Aaargh, it’s 7am already? I really don’t want to get out of bed 😭”, my body screams.
“But Church starts at 9!”, I try to reason to myself.
Now, even though this conversation may go in many directions from here on, the truth is we’ve all been in this position on one fateful Sunday morning or the other, at least most of us.
You’ve had a long week, an even longer Saturday and you just want to get that extra two hours of sleep before the cycle resumes tomorrow. Or you aren’t just the “church type”. Let’s talk about what to do when Church isn’t looking like it’s worth your time.
For most, the struggle really isn’t with wanting to go to church. The desire always seems to be there. However, if for any reason you’ve lost a reason to leave your home on a Sunday morning, I’m here with three things for you to consider.
• Gathering together is commanded in scripture. Heb 10:25. Christianity has never been isolated. Jesus walked with disciples. The early church met everyday. The letters in the New testament were either written to churches or written about churches. God intended for a family. The one who believes the gospel has been saved into a community.
• A believer should delight in his relationship with God more than anything else. Ps 84:10. You’re saved, the life and spirit of God flows through you. Your desires now resonate with that of your father. You’re a new man. If that is the case, and it is, nothing should bring you greater joy than spending time with the one who saved your soul, and more so, spending time with people who share this newfound love of yours. Fellowship is described as one of the biggest privileges we have in Christ and it really is. Church is way more than a weekly routine, way more than a moral obligation, it’s a time where we get to celebrate Christ with people of like passions. Ps 133:1-3
• Being in the body of Christ is for our benefit. Gal 6:1. In this world we live in, walking alone as a Christian is not a smart decision. The pressure of media, unbelieving friends and so much more would eventually take its toll. Being a part of a Christian community would help you stay strong; help you breathe in a world that tries to choke faith out of you. Its only for your good.
Now that that’s out of the way, lets’ look at ways through which, church on Sunday can actually become the best part of our week.
It makes sense doesn’t it? If you’re not in a good church, that’s all the more reason not to want to go there. The converse is the case as well. Without pointing any fingers, let’s try to see a bit of what the bible describes as a good church.
⛪ Through clear leadership, the word must be taught in truth and honor, nothing outside the written word Eph 4:11 – 14. The early church was built on the doctrine of Christ, which is what the apostles taught.
The church of today must above all strive to remain in the truth of what was taught by the apostles. They must strive to stick to what is written. And like what we just read says, the way God does this is through men he has put over the flock. A good local church must know who these men are; Pastors, Elders and such.
⛪ It should be a place of prayer Acts 2:42. The earliest examples of the community of believers were people who were committed to prayer. A good local church must do the same. And not just any kind of prayer, prayers focused on what they early church focused on: the spread of the gospel, the growth of believers and the will of the father.
⛪ It should be a place where evangelism is emphasized Matt 28:18-20. Jesus’ very last instruction was to share the gospel with everyone around us. A group of people can hardly claim to be Christian if evangelism is not a priority. You want to know a good church? It would be very intentional about reaching the lost around them.
⛪ We should see the gifts of the spirit in display Mark 16:17-18; 1 Cor 14:26-27. Reading the Acts of the Apostles, we see how the Holy Spirit moved mightily through them to confirm the gospel. In the church at Corinth, we see Paul encouraging the gifts of the spirit whenever believers were gathered. A good church emulates the examples of scripture and gives expression to the power of the Holy Spirit through them. ALL MEMBERS should be encouraged to regularly flow in the gifts of the Spirit for the work of ministry and the edification of the church.
While not exhaustive, these are definitely major hallmarks of a strong community of believers. You want to grow and enjoy to the fullest what it means to be a believer? Then make finding a good church your first objective.
⛪ Be COMMITTED to your local church.
This simply means, firstly choosing to serve and secondly, choosing to be accountable. Notice I used the word “choosing”. And that’s because even if a person might be in the best local church there possibly is, if he chooses not to receive and give to that church, he will not mark any major benefit from being in that community of believers.
God’s idea for the body, is that everyone contributes.
From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Eph. 4:16
How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. 1 Cor. 14:26
It should be your desire to give back to the church you fellowship at. Financially, through your service and any other means that opens up.
⛪ Make yourself accountable to the church leadership.
Whether that means the pastor or any leader in the church, accountability would help you grow. ‘
⛪ Use your Saturdays wisely.
I cannot overstate this. It’s a lot harder to make the decision to go to church when you’re physically exhausted. I speak from experience. A Saturday night is not when you decide to stay up late catching up on a show you’ve missed. You’re only setting yourself up for inner struggles the next morning.
You want to go to church tomorrow? Plan to do so. Get your things ready and get some good sleep. You’ll be in a much better position to making the right decision in the morning. The same way you prioritize getting to work on time, prioritize getting to church on time as well.
And that’s it!
Hope this helps.
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