“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25 KJV
Church should be a time for learning how to live the life of a believer. Once you has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, you have already been introduced to the person of Christ. Then comes the task of learning the principles of Christ which leads you to your Godly purpose and the abundant life walking in your purpose produces. Unfortunately, many have equated the church worship experience as nothing more than feel good entertainment. The problem with that is entertainment won’t equip you to deal with life’s challenges. Entertainment won’t teach you how to draw others to Jesus by the life you live.
There are four things your church should provide for you:
Your church should change you. Does your local fellowship produce change in your life? Can people notice the difference in you and wonder what happened? You know you are where you are supposed to be when your mind is being renewed and your way of thinking changes.
Your church should challenge you. Are you satisfied with the status quo? Your ministry should challenge you to make the necessary adjustments to lead you to your purpose. That means you might hear a series of sermons over and over until you get it in your spirit. After all repetition is a key ingredient to learning.
Your church should correct you. Just as you correct your children when they are wrong, your church should do the same. You cannot be so thin skinned that you are void of receiving correction. After all, if you knew everything, you probably would be the pastor. And even the leader must be willing to receive correction from his or her spiritual leader.
Your church should care for you. Everyone wants to be wanted; to be loved. There should be an atmosphere of love in your local fellowship. This love should be so evident that you actually like spending time together. Too often we go to church, get the message and go home, without any fellowship with other believers. Care does not necessarily mean giving of handouts. Care is heartfelt concern about your well being. Most employers care about one thing, their mission. And they may or may not consider your well being at all.
This is not a one sided relationship. You have a responsibility as well. Go to church. Take notes. There’s no way you can remember everything taught and you need something to refer to during the week. Support ministry projects and programs. Give liberally to that which you love (your local church). Even when you don’t agree or understand, keep your mouth off of the ministry and pray. After all, if we were all perfect, there would be no need for the church. It’s just a hospital where symptoms and diseases are treated.
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