We are continuing on from my last blog, and wrapping it up with the last two points. REFRESHER
- I don’t feel welcomed
- Jesus never went to church
I know I have been a bit ornery in the last blog. But, this one is one that will step on some toes.
No welcome here
People say they do not “feel” welcomed in church. Let us ask this, Is it because they things that are being preached convict you? Is it the fact that people feel overly friendly and show love? Or was it a one time experience that you felt no one cared that you were even there? We are going to break it down.
- First-I felt no one cared. This is often something that does happen in many churches. It is as if they forgot all about “love one another”. Even Paul says to the churches in some letters to “greet one another a with a kiss” (11Finally, brothers, rejoice! Aim for perfect harmony, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.” 2 Corinthians 13:12) NOT that we need to be greeted with a kiss, because it is not our custom to do so. But, he is implying show brotherly love(agape) for another. So if a church is not displaying this to its fellow brothers-whether first time visitors or lifetime members- then they are doing something wrong! Do not let one experience set you in believing that “this is how it is.”
- Second-Whoa..too friendly! Um…whats wrong with that?I am kidding. I am a shy person my nature so I get how some find over friendliness a bit scary. So find another church that fits your style. Do not just run away because the people are not like you. Find a church that has a similar personality as you. BUT, that preaches the word! So stop using excuses!(That is said in love.)
- Third-“Preacher be stepping on my toes every Sunday.” Again…Whats wrong with that? NO seriously, what is wrong with that? That is what the pastor does, he seeks God for what to say to the congregation. The lord guides him to say what needs to be said, for whoever needs to hear it. (at least that is how it should be done) By the way, sometimes you are not the only one feeling the conviction. Look at all the letters Paul writes to the early church. Paul speaks on things that still steps on toes today! And we are to encourage each other. So many verses on this. So many. We cannot have relationship with believers if we stay at home every time the church doors are open. We can not encourage one another if we do not “gather together” as it is mentioned in scripture to do.
Jesus never went to church.
Hmmm…lets look at what Jesus did.
When he was 12, Luke 2:49 “And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
If Jesus, knew the importance of being in the House of God, speaking with others about the things of the Lord, isn’t that enough to say we should be there too? Learning the things of the Lord, being encouraged in the lord…you typically get that when you are around those who are meeting together. Many times my family and I will say “we are having church up in here, come on!” because we are talking about the things of God. Sharpening one another. (Proverbs 27:17, Hebrews 10:24) You CAN NOT get that from watching TV church.
Luke 4:15-16 says, “He taught in their synagogue” and he went their “as was custom”, meaning, it was the “thing to do.” If it was the thing to do, why would Jesus break that custom? Where does this “custom” come from?For more information click here: Command to have worship services on a weekly Sabbath
For more opinions on the matter: What does the bible say about church attendance?
With all this being said, to sum it all up…Go to church. Yes, you can worship God anywhere. Yes, you can have church anywhere. Anywhere that people of like mind will instruct you in your growth, correct you if you are doing things ungodly, pray with you, hold you accountable, and sharpen you! God did not mean for us to fight battles alone. He is with us and He has put others to help us go through it together.