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“Let us go into the house of the Lord.”
New King James Version (NKJV)
Are you a traditional church goer? Or perhaps you go to church at non-traditional times like Saturday night for instance or celebrate the Lord in a place other than an actual church. Then again, you might find church meetings boring or ritualistic and prefer a learning environment like a Bible class or the informality of a Bible study group.
And then there may be those of you who eschew any semblance of organized religion. Some see it as phony or a gathering of hypocrites. Who really needs a bunch of holier-than-thou types looking down their noses waiting for others to fall? Is that the way you see church?
Many of us have had bad church experiences and would prefer to just sleep in on Sunday mornings or do something more fun than going to church. Others may find themselves too busy for church and would prefer to get other things done. Church often seems to be the same old things week after week. If we really feel the need for church we can watch it on television without becoming involved with others or even leaving the house.
Have you considered that maybe you are the biggest part of the problem? Church is after all the body of believers who meet together in worship, prayer, and study. Are you waiting for someone else to spark your inner flame? Isn't God enough?
If you are one of the many who have stopped going to church for any of the reasons mentioned here or for whatever reasons you may come up with, you may want to give church another look. Church is what the members make it. Church is for you, your children, your family, your friends--for everyone who wants to honor God.
Church is your privilege. Be thankful that you have the opportunity to attend a church that you choose. One day you may not have that choice.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
New International Version (NIV)