After 15 years living in England, we finally took the plunge to buy a “lock and leave” flat. We thought the best way of meeting the neighbours was to invite them over for dinner. They gladly accepted the invite and the day finally arrived.
We had done our best to prepare a delicious 3-course meal, with the table set with the finest china and crystal stemware to host our neighbours. In walks a very dapper, well dressed Englishman, with his equally lovely, charming wife. Before we even got to the first glass of wine, with a chuckle, our neighbour asked if we were “Bible Thumpers”, since he immediately noticed the wooden cross hanging on our wall. He went on to say that his wife was a Bible Thumper, since she went to church every Sunday. This immediately elicited her half-jokingly reply, “I’m there praying for you”. We admitted that we were “Bible Thumpers”, regularly attending the International Community Church (www.icc-uk.org).
It immediately became clear that more faith filled conversations were going to be needed to convince him to join us as a “Bible Thumper”. Actually, if I’m honest, it was more of a complement to know that our house reflects our faith for him to even notice.
Today, let’s explore what the Bible says about attending church regularly?
1. To Encourage Each Other
Hebrews 10:25 – Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV)
We were made to live in relationship with other believers, so that we might grow in our faith and encourage each other. We need opportunities to serve, grow and live life as a community of faith. For our own good, we should never want to be a Lone Ranger Christian.
2. Use Our Spiritual Gifts
1 Peter 4:10 – Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. (NIV)
By being members of the Body of Christ, through a church, we are able to use our God-given spiritual gifts to advance His Kingdom. There is immense satisfaction from being able to serve alongside of other fellow believers in the church. Every Christian has been given at least one of the following spiritual gifts to be used for God’s purposes:
Being an apostle
Speaking in tongues
Teaching (sometimes known as shepherding)
3. Jesus Regularly Attended Church
Luke 4:16 says, “He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom.” (NIV)
Jesus is always a perfect model for living our own life. He made it a priority to regularly attend church with other believers, and we should also.
There are plenty of Biblically-based, Christ-centered churches! Pray that God will lead you to where He wants you to be. Make it part of your regular routine to attend a church regularly and engage with other believers to live out your faith. Amen!
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