Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:23-25 NASB)
There are three types of individuals where church attendance is concerned. There are those who never attend, seldom attend, and regularly attend. One can even divide the field further by placing those who regularly attend into subcategories of Sunday only and everytime the church doors open. I am one who goes everytime the church doors are open; with me being an old-time Pentecostal preacher, it is to be expected. However, I was this way long before I ever answered or even knew I was called into the ministry. Church attendance is not about one’s calling, but rather about one’s relationship with the Lord.
The reasoning for everything a child of God does has to be one’s relationship with the Lord. Our actions must be guided by the thought, “Will this draw me closer to the Lord or lead me further away from Him?” However, most people, Christians included, live their lives on the concept of pleasing the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. This is the very thing that the Apostle John warned us against. A meaningful relationship with the Lord doesn’t satisfy any of those carnal desires. In fact, a meaningful relationship with the Lord is based upon just the opposite: self denial. “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.'” (Matthew 6:24 NASB)
The purpose of the church service is to draw us closer to our beloved Jesus. The worship, message, and fellowship with other believers draws us into a closer walk with the Lord. There are those who go to church with an agenda other than a closer relationship with the Lord. Contrary to popular belief, the church is not a place to advance one’s social and economical standing in the community. Our beloved Jesus ordained to the church as an evangelic body that is called to preach salvation and to disciple believer in the way of the Lord.
I go to church because I want to become more and more like my beloved Jesus! I want to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church. I want to be the one that encourages others with the testimony of what God is doing in my life. I want to be encouraged by what He is doing in the lives of other believers.
Contending for the faith–otpp