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Church good?

How was church today?  That is usually a question that we might hear from someone who didn’t make it that day.  Let’s admit it if we are honest, sometimes church is just not very good and often downright boring.  We leave unchanged and unaffected by the service and soon forget all we heard.  Who is at fault when we aren’t impacted and we think, wow I should have just stayed home?   Maybe the preacher was boring, maybe the music was out of tune, and maybe no one was nice.   However was it their fault that we got nothing from being there?  The sad thing is that many of us probably think it is.

I would like to suggest a different person to blame – it is most likely our fault.  It begins with considering how we think and understanding where those thoughts come from.  In our media driven – thrill seeking society, we have been programmed to be entertained.  That programming has affected us tremendously – we are consistently looking for satisfaction, but find ourselves constantly feeling unfulfilled.  We desperately long for the next best thing hoping that it will satisfy only to find ourselves disappointed time after time.  So how is it our fault – it begins with our reason for going to church and our actions once we get there.  We often approach this time the same way we do everything else – looking to be filled or thrilled, however we should come to church seeking to worship God and to be transformed by His truth.  We come and go through the motions, hoping to soak up some goodness, but rarely think about our part in the service.  We often fail to realize that what we get out of it is proportional with what we put into it.

The next time you go to church try a different approach, here are some suggestions:

  1. As the music is sung, focus on what the songs are saying about God – sing the words to and for Him.  We were created by Him and for Him – to worship Him.  (Colossians 1:16, Revelation 4:11)
  2. As you give your offering, remember that all we have comes from Him, He is the giver of gifts.  We must be careful not to love the gifts He has given to us more than we love Him.  (James 1:17; 1Chronicles 29:11-16)
  3. As you listen to the message ask the Holy Spirit to transform your mind – to enlighten you to the truth of God’s Word and to make the necessary application to change your life.  (Romans 12:1,2)
  4. As you interact with others consider how to encourage them and build them up – talk about and share the great things that God is doing in your life and pray about the things that He has yet to do.  (Hebrews 10:23-25)

Church doesn’t have to be boring and a waste of time – it can be very fulfilling, uplifting, and exciting if we will come to it with an expectant and worship filled heart.  We can and will be amazed in His presence if we come and take part of the goodness and glory of God.

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September 17, 2009 - Posted by | discipleship, Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. What a great reminder Greg. Thank you. Love ya.

    Comment by Rebecca | September 21, 2009 | Reply


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