Monday, May 16, 2005the importance of church services...
In my country, in these wicked days, a local church with a membership of 100, usually has it's attendance breakdown like this:
Sunday morning worship service: 80-100 persons
Sunday evening worship service: 40-60 persons
Mid-week worship service: 20-40 persons
What a sad testimony! Now I can accept that some may, genuinely, not be able to attend the mid-week service due to work, but to the point that it affects half the church??? I don't think so. The fact of the matter is, for too many Christians, the attraction of evening TV or any other vain activity lures them away from their church meetings.
This is a problem.
The question is simple: how can it be that a born-again child of God would prefer wasting his/her time in vanity when he/she could be worshiping the God who saved them from eternal condemnation? This is nothing short of disobedience and sin. Could Hebrews 10:25 be any clearer?
"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."
The day my brothers and sisters in the Lord, is unquestionably approaching. Now more than ever, surrounded by wickedness and apostasy, we should be faithful to ALL our church services to:
(a) worship to God of Heaven as a complete local church
(b) corporately petition the Lord for revival and spiritual blessings
(c) receive and give Christian encouragement and teaching from/to your brothers and sisters (which is done through the exercise of our spiritual gifts - 1 Peter 4:10)
Doing any of the above at a church meeting is of far greater value than any TV show, outdoor BBQ, or get-together with friends. If you are not attending every possible service, bible study and prayer meeting at your local church dear saint, don't you think it's time you should?
Onward and Forward,