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Pastor's Corner: Why go to church?

August 15, 2014
Nathan Steen — Pastor, Glad Tidings Assembly of God , Pierce County Tribune

We've all heard excuses for not going to church. Here are some you may have heard, and maybe even used yourself: "It's my only day to sleep in." "I just didn't feel like going." "I don't like being so close to people I don't know." "The church is full of hypocrites." "It's not on my priority list." " I don't want to go alone." "I don't get anything out of it." "They wouldn't want my kind there." "We have family commitments." "I had a headache." "The people there aren't friendly." "It's too hot, too cold, too loud, too quiet and I can't hear, etc."

Excuses! We hear them all the time. The dictionary gives a definition of excuse as: "An attempt to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offense); seek to defend or justify."

As a pastor, I'm always searching for interesting short articles that can be printed in a bulletin. A while back I came across an article titled, "Don't Wait." I'll share it with you.

Dear Church Member,

Don't wait until the hearse hauls you to church.

If you do, you will go, regardless of the weather.

You will go, regardless of the condition of your body.

There will be beautiful flowers there, but you won't enjoy them.

You will go, regardless of how your family feels.

The minister may say many good things, but his words will do you no good.

There will be beautiful music, but you won't be able to hear it.

There will be heartfelt prayers, but they will not touch your heart.

There will be friends and relatives there, but you won't worship with them.

You will go, no matter how much you are needed at home or at work.

You will go, no matter how many hypocrites are there.

You will receive no blessing from the service.

You won't feel concerned about your clothes.

You will never have to decide about attending church again.

Well, on the positive side, why go to church? A Bible-believing church is a place to hear God's word. It's a place to be in God's presence with others who are also seeking Him. Church is a place to be renewed, refreshed and refueled. It's a place to worship Jesus Christ and to grow in our faith. It's a place to find help, healing and hope. The church can be a place where we are prepared and equipped to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and minister to other people in need. The church is a support base for sending out missionaries who carry the good news of salvation to the world. The church is a place for finding fellowship and friends who also have faith in Christ. The Bible-believing church will point the way to the Savior and help us find the way to eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. There are also many other benefits; I found a dear Christian girl at church who later became my wife!

The church is not perfect. It it was perfect and you or I attended, it would cease to be perfect because we are all sinners in need of a Savior. I once heard a pastor say, "The church is a lot like Noah's Ark. Noah's Ark had a lot of noise and mess on-board, but it was the best thing afloat!" Hebrews 10:25 says it well, "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching."

 
 

 

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