Summary: How important in church attendance?
The Importance of Church Attendance
Rev. Sean Lester
For Living Water Assembly of God
May 25, 2009
(484) QUOTATION QUESTION. How important is church attendance? (30)
(NIV) Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
(KJV) Hebrews 10:25 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.
Heb 10:19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,
Heb 10:20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,
Heb 10:21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
Heb 10:22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Heb 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Heb 10:24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Heb 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
A friend was visiting a church for the first time. Now, this friend had grown up in the church, sometimes his father being the pastor. Because of his inside-and-out perspective of the church, I asked him what he thought of the one he was visiting.
“It’s a church”. He replied.
Not being a man of few words, I was surprised by the brevity of his answer. I plied him for more information.
“It’s a church. People come. They sing. They take an offering. A sermon is delivered. They pray. They go home.”
The biggest challenge I have faced as a pastor has been to keep the churches I have pastored moving forward into better things as representatives of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. But, it is easy to become just a church. I think that people in a congregation can get an image of what a church should be, and when that vision is fulfilled, they tend to want to stay where they are at. But once a church, or any organization for that matter, arrives at a place of satisfaction, the church tends to lose passion. It tends to lose urgency.
Beyond the consideration of what church growth is like from a worldly standpoint: how many people attend, how much they give, and how big are the facilities; I want to challenge you toward spiritual growth as a congregation. I believe, rather I know, that a Spirit-filled congregation powerfully affects the community and the world. Spirit-filled congregations are church going congregations. They are giving congregations. They are teaching congregations. They are active congregations.
Church attendance is a vital part of the Spirit-filled believers’ life. It is the social, spiritual, and emotional backbone of a people that influence others to enter the kingdom of heaven.