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Do We Have To Go To Church? 6

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Good reasons for attending regular worship

  1. To enjoy the company of other believers
  2. To learn about the love of God from a grace-filled teacher
  3. To have a somewhat less distracted time of personal worship
  4. To publicly acknowledge the activity and love of God in your own life
  5. To learn of God’s activity and love in the lives of others
  6. To be drawn back to right thinking after a spiritually confusing week
  7. To hear something from God that you have not been able to hear at home or work

Bad reasons for attending regular worship

  1. So that others will think you are a good person
  2. Because it is your duty
  3. To show off your new clothes, well-behaved kids, new hair-do, or big Bible
  4. To learn the latest about other church people
  5. Because you have always done it
  6. Because those who miss will be punished

 

Good reasons for not attending regular worship

  1. You don’t believe all that stuff anyway
  2. The preacher doesn’t believe all that stuff anyway
  3. You only do it because you feel guilty
  4. The preacher wouldn’t know grace if he tripped over it
  5. You feel more guilty every time you go

(Of course, a couple of these could be changed simply by finding another church!)

Bad reasons for not attending regular worship

  1. You don’t like the music
  2. They ask for money
  3. You would rather sleep in
  4. You are just out of the habit
  5. You can find God in bed, in the park, on the golf course, on the lake

So tell me what you think!  Would you add anything to these lists, or take anything away?

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Do We Have To Go To Church? 5

I remember noticing that many families, in our old church, came angry and frustrated and frazzled. The children hadn’t eaten, the parents were upset with each other, and they were hardly feeling worshipful. Most were able to put on good church faces, but some couldn’t.  Let’s face it: it can be hard to get the whole family dressed and ready for church.  Any number of things can and will go wrong.  There may be times when coming is simply a duty and there is no joy or heart motivation at all.

Now, sometimes those who plow through the obstacles receive a special blessing.  A song, a message, or maybe a kind word from a friend—these can feel so good, even after a challenging morning.  Those who find this blessing will often remind others that church attendance is worth the struggle.  Sometimes those are not helpful words.

I saw moms who were so stressed and depressed that they received nothing but negative from coming to church.  They would have done much better sending Dad and the kids and staying home to enjoy a bath or a nap or a good book. 

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dave@gracefortheheart.org

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