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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Whether We Believe Or Not

“If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.”2 Timothy 2:13 KJV I was reading through 2 Timothy and this verse stuck out to me. Actually the first part of this verse was what caught my attention…”If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful….” I love this phrase because it shows that everything God is, isn’t dependent on our belief. Whether we believe or not, He abideth faithful!Whether we believe or not, He still is the Saviour of mankind. You can think of all the people that have denied and rejected Christ, that hasn’t changed who He is. There have been millions upon millions of people who have criticized and cut down the person of Christ but that hasn’t changed who He is! If Christ and the salvation He provides is dependent on every person believing, than we wouldn’t have a chance. If we believe not, He is still the Saviour of man!!Another thing I thought of is that whether we believe or not, He still is the Good Shepherd! I’m so glad that the atheists haven’t stopped my God from being faithful in caring for me! I’m so glad the those who serve false gods haven’t stopped my God from taking care of me. He is there when I need Him! He will never leave me nor forsake me because He is the Good Shepherd who cares for His own, whether we believe or not!A lot of people, including Christians, go through life not believing that God will supply their need. It is evident in this day and age when many fall into debt trying to pay for everything they want instead of relying on God for their needs. I’m glad the lack of belief in God supplying our needs hasn’t stopped Him. If that was the case, He would have stopped supplying our needs a long time ago! Paul finishes the verse by saying, “…he cannot deny himself.” This made me excited! God cannot deny that He is God! We sometimes lack faith in ourselves, maybe lack belief in ourselves, but God never does lacks belief in what He can do!You see, yours and mine belief or unbelief in God and what He can do, doesn’t change who He is or what He can do. God isn’t relying on us to be God, He will always be faithful in doing His part! We have to do our part and that is to believe!I apologize for the long run on paragraph. I’m out at camp with very little reception and making do with what I have! Thanks for reading!!

Ask With….

“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:6-8

Last week, I posted about just asking for wisdom. God is willing to give wisdom and more to us, if we just ask.

I want to look at the next few verses from James 1 and see how we are supposed to ask. I think that we can take these things and not only apply them when asking for wisdom, but also when we ask for other things.

  1. Ask With Confidence – The first thing I notice in these verses is, “ask in faith, nothing wavering.” We should have a respect and fear for God, but we shouldn’t be afraid to ask Him for things. God doesn’t want us to waver in our asking. He wants us to be confident, to be sure in our prayers to Him.
  2. Ask With Consistency – When we pray, we need to be consistent in talking to God. We need to talk to Him everyday! If we pray today and then we don’t talk to God for another 3 weeks, I don’t think God will bless that. But if we have a constant and consistent relationship with God, He will bless that through answering our prayers.
  3. Ask With Calmness – God likens wavering to that of a wave that is tossed about with the wind. He doesn’t want His children to be like that, He wants a calmness, a peace in our life. When we pray, pray with calmness. He is the peace that we need in our lives. Yes, he hears us in the loud and bustling areas, but He enjoys that sweet fellowship in the quiet place.

Whatever you need, pray. Whenever you pray, be confident, be consistent, be calm!

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