Are You Glad?

“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1

Just a quick thought on this Sunday morning, but ask yourself this question…especially if you are going to church today. “Am I glad?”

Are you glad, are you happy today that you have the opportunity to go to church and worship the Lord today?

Are you dreading church? Are you just going to check it off the list to say that you went to church this week?

Be glad that you have the freedom and the ability and the opportunity to attend church! I gurantee that if you go to church happy, you will enjoy a whole lot more!

Can you say today, “I am glad to go to the house of the Lord.”

Is Missing Church, Forsaking Church?

The question I have asked myself many times and even here in the last couple of months is this, “If I miss a church service for whatever reason, am I forsaking church?”

As stated in the previous blog, I believe church attendance is important! I believe it should be a top weekly priority for the Christian! I believe that going to church is needed for a healthy Christian life!

But the question is there, what if I have to miss a service because of this or that? What if I have to work on a Sunday morning? What if my kid is sick and I can’t make it? Am I disobeying Hebrews 10:25? The Christian’s go-to verse for church attendance!

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:25‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I’ve heard it preached many times throughout my life that if you miss church for anything you are forsaking church! I agree that you shouldn’t miss church, I agree that you shouldn’t make it a habit of missing church! But to say if you miss church, you’re forsaking church or forsaking the assembling together is something I do not agree with!

Here’s why…

The word ‘forsake’ means to renounce or turn away from entirely! Let that definition sink in for a minute!

Now let’s look at a word in that definition above, ‘renounce’. This word means to refuse to follow, obey, or recognize any further.

I’ve asked myself before, even last week, when I have to work, am I forsaking church? Am I renouncing church? Am I turning away from church? The answer is no.

Now I can point to people I’ve known my whole life who at one point were faithful church members but at some point they forsook church. They renounced church. They have turned away completely from church.

Christian, do everything you can to attend church, it’s important! But just know that for you to forsake church it will take more than just missing a service here and there. You will have to renounce church, you will have to turn away from church, you will have to live a life that church and God is totally absent from to forsake church.

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The Importance of Church Attendance

Don’t stop reading yet! Don’t think like you know what the rest of this blog is going say!!

Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about church attendance and why it is an important part of a healthy Christian life.

Notice, I didn’t say the most important part of a healthy Christian life. If I had to rank the things a Christian needs to do to be a healthy Christian, I would probably put church attendance somewhere between 4-6 on that list. (That would be an interesting blog to write, which I will do sometime!)

I believe church attendance is important and we can see that in the New Testament.

First thing we need to understand is who founded and created the church.

“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16:18‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:19-22‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Jesus Christ is the founder of the church. He is the chief cornerstone! Just like we believe the Bible is important because it’s God’s Word, we need to understand that church is important because Jesus Christ founded and started the first church.

The significance of the church in the New Testament is that the church and the temple of the Old Testament are two different establishments.

The Old Testament temple was a place for the Hebrew children to go to offer their sacrifices as an atonement for their sin.

The New Testament church is a place for born again believers to gather together to worship and serve the Lord Jesus Christ their Saviour.

Secondly, church attendance is important because it is an opportunity to be spiritually fed.

I firmly believe that as a Christian, we need to walk with God daily! We need to daily be fed from His Word and through prayer.

Church is like a restaurant in the sense that I’m going to be spiritually fed. I have spiritually eaten at my house during the week through my own devotions and now it’s time to go out and eat…at church.

If you are going to church and feel like you aren’t getting fed, there is two possible issues. First, always look at yourself. Did you go hungry for some spiritual food? Are you in a place spiritually to be fed? Don’t blame others for your lack of being fed at church, always look at yourself first. Secondly, and this is where people might have an issue, you may not be getting fed because the preacher isn’t bringing spiritual food to the table. Just like the person in the audience needs to be ready to eat, the preacher needs to be ready to serve the spiritual food. It works both ways.

Lastly, the reason why church attendance is important is because it provides good Christian fellowship.

The fellowship of the believers isn’t something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. After being in the world all week, you should enjoy going to a place where essentially everyone is like minded in that they want to please the Lord.

Attending church should be like an oasis in the desert. It should be a place that refreshes and recharges the Christian. Between the preaching and the fellowship and everything in between, church is important for the Christian.

You may be wondering how I could write a whole blog about “The Importance of Church Attendance” and not mention Hebrews 10:25. This verse is the go to verse for many on way church attendance should be a priority. While it is a great verse, it is not the end all, be all verse for church attendance. In the next blog, we will discuss this verse and what it means to church attendance!

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