How To Behave In Church – Lesson 3

“But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” I Timothy 3:15

Behave – to manage the actions of oneself in a particular way; to conduct oneself in a proper manner.

How To Behave In Church – Lesson 1

How To Behave In Church – Lesson 2

I have been thinking and praying a lot this week about which attribute to right about next in our behavior towards church. Last week we talked about being faithful, which I think is one of the most important attributes. Without faithfulness to church, you might as well not have these other attributes. From here until we are finished, we necessarily will not be discussing these attributes in order of importance.

Today, I want to look at the attribute of BEING CHEERFUL.

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

Back when I graduated high school, I had a sermon I preached titled “Don’t Be A Deadhead.” I used Ephesians 2:1-6, where it talked about being dead in sins and then being quickened through Jesus Christ. Being MADE ALIVE through Jesus Christ. Being SAVED from our sins through Jesus Christ! I preached that we needed to have life, be excited, be happy that we are saved from our sins and on our way to Heaven. I preached that we should have joy through Jesus Christ for all that He has done for us. It isn’t always easy to be happy, but we should have that true joy in our life that is only found through Jesus Christ.

As I was thinking about being cheerful, I thought about that message I preached. I thought about how a Christian should be happy, how they should be full of joy. If we are to be glad when we go to the House of the Lord, what does it take. It isn’t always easy to be happy when it is time for church. You may have worked all day, had a rough day, don’t feel good, whatever the reason, you just may not be happy.

Glad – having a cheerful or happy disposition by nature.

When it is time for church, we should be glad. We should be cheerful and happy. How can we be cheerful for church?

  • Salvation through Jesus Christ. We will never be truly happy in church, unless we have Jesus Christ as our Saviour. I say this with confidence knowing that before I accepted Christ, I only went to church out of duty and habit. Now that I am saved, I can truly say that I am glad to church. Salvation is what quickens you, like I mentioned before, it gives you life and with life there should be happiness.
  • Separation from the world. Many Christians dread going to church because they have been living like the world Monday through Saturday. They are covered in the filth of the world and there is no resemblance of a Christian in their life. Until Sunday morning when it is time for church. They aren’t glad to go to church, to hear godly singing and preaching, they aren’t glad to be around other Christians who are living a righteous life, they aren’t glad to be under the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. Sounds like a rough time when you live a life of worldliness. But on the other hand, if you lived a life that was pleasing to God and you walked with God throughout the week, you will be excited for church. You will enjoy church because to you it is an oasis in the desert of this world. It is a place to find refuge from the attacks of the world. It is a place that refreshes and re-energizes you to go back out and fight and live a separated life. You are glad to be in church separated from the world.

Be cheerful when you go to church. Have a smile on your face. Enjoy the fellowship of the believers. Enjoy the singing and the preaching.

Be glad when it is church time!!

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How To Behave In Church – Lesson 2

“But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” I Timothy 3:15

Behave – to manage the actions of oneself in a particular way; to conduct oneself in a proper manner.

As we start going through the list of behaviors that we should have in our life as a Christian, when it comes to the house of God, I want you to ask yourself if you display these behaviors. When I was looking at this list I have, I had to ask myself if I needed to improve in any of these areas. To be honest, I could use improvement in every area and most Christians probably could because we never reach a point of perfection in our Christian life.

BE FAITHFUL

The first behavior we need to have in the house of God is that of faithfulness.

“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

Faithful: steadfast in affection or allegiance; firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty

Forsaking: to renounce or turn away from entirely

Assembling: to bring together (as in a particular place or for a particular purpose); to fit together the parts of; to meet together

Exhorting: to incite by argument or advice; to give warnings or advice; to make urgent appeals

As I start this lesson, I want to say that I understand that there are times when you are sick or your child is sick or an emergency happens and you can not make it to church. These are not the times that I am talking about today. I am talking about and referencing the times we purposely choose to miss church.

When we choose to miss church, we are forsaking church. We are saying that it isn’t important and that we don’t need it. Sounds harsh, right? I find it interesting and convicting that God uses the word forsaking, He was emphasizing how much church attendance means to Him.

When we forsake church, we are renouncing church and we are turning away from church. This isn’t an immediate result but over time, the more you forsake church, you will end up totally out of church. You have to choose whether you want to be faithful to church or to forsake church.

The Bible also tells us to exhort one another, to make urgent appeals to one another to be at church. We think that we are being rude and overbearing when we keep inviting and asking the same person over and over to be at church. Well we aren’t, we are just exhorting like the Bible says. It also tells us to do it more and more as the day approaches, the day of Christ’s return.

Why is it important to be at church?

  • Because Christ gave Himself for the church. “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;” Ephesians 5:25 If Christ found the church so important that He gave Himself for it, the least we could do is show up when there is church going on. Christ didn’t give Himself for that football game or that family outing on the lake. Whatever you have going on during church time is not more important than church itself.
  • Because Christ placed you in your church. “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him.” I Corinthians 12:18 God has placed you in the church you belong to for a specific reason. You are a part of that church body. When you miss church, you are letting part of the body of Christ down. If we think of ourselves as members of the body of Christ, we may make more of an effort to be at church every service. God has placed you in your church, and He has a function for you to do in that church, no matter what it is.

If you are ever going to have good behavior at church, you must learn to be faithful. Show up, be on time, enjoy church and enjoy being part of the body Christ has placed you in.

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Thoughts from Sunday

It has been awhile since I have posted, and I plan on getting back on track with posting.

Today, I just want to share 3 things from the services yesterday that stuck out to me. Each one was both convicting, yet motivating.

1. “If someone were to pattern their life after mine, where would they end up.” This was from the Sunday School lesson yesterday. I need to live a life so that my children can pattern their life after mine and end up in a place that is pleasing to God.

2. “Don’t play Russian roulette with your soul!” Great truth preached in the morning service! How many chances will God give you to get saved? There will come a day when you will have had your last chance to accept Christ as your Saviour! Don’t wait, the Bible says today is the day of salvation!!

3. “Are you bring water to the fire, or are you bring wood to the fire?” A motivating message last night to be active in soulwinning and the ministries of the church. We shouldn’t go to church looking to criticize and gossip about our fellow church members, we should go looking to see how we can edify and encourage others!

I would love to hear how God spoke to you yesterday in your church services!