I have finished my sermon for this Sunday. Every week about this time I have the same question that crosses my mind. “I wonder if anyone will attend Sunday to hear it?” If so, who will it be? Will there by anyone new to the Church? Will anyone listen or even care? It is a weekly battle I have no matter where I preach or teach.
With all that in mind, I have some quotes in my file from “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. In chapter 17 Rick wrote a couple of things that made a lot of sense to me about Church. While I wish you would read the whole chapter, for now I wanted to share some thoughts from it for you to ponder:
“You are called to belong, not just believe.” – Page 130
“Disconnected and cut off from the lifeblood of a local body, your spiritual life will wither and eventually cease to exist. This is why the first symptom of spiritual decline is usually inconsistent attendance at worship services and other gatherings of believers.” – Page 131
“You will never grow to maturity just by attending worship services and being a passive spectator. Only participation in the full life of a local Church builds spiritual muscle.” – Page 134
“It may seem easier to be holy when no one else is around to frustrate your preferences, but that is a false, untested holiness. Isolation breeds deceitfulness; it is easy to fool ourselves into thinking we are mature if there is no one to challenge us. Real maturity shows up in relationships. “ – Page 134
I think people are called to be a part of a local Church where they serve, listen and love. Rick’s simple chapter reminds me of the Church meetings importance in the life of a believer. I hope you are stretched and grow as you serve in the life of your Church. I hope to see you Sunday.