Summary: This sermon deals with church attendance and our commitment to it. Also, how does God feel about church attendance.
The Importance of Church Attendance!
If You Want to Kill the Church
Never go to your church or meetings held there, if you do go, be late, it’s no one’s affair.
If the weather is bad, either too hot or snowing, just stay home and rest, for there’ll be others going.
But should you attend, be sure and remember to find fault with the work, each official and member.
Be sure to hold back on your offerings and tithes, the bills will be paid by the rest of the guys.
And never take office if offered the post, but eagerly criticize work of the host.
If not on a committee you’re placed, be sore!
If you find that you are, don’t attend any more.
When asked your opinion on this thing or that, have nothing to say, just turn ’em down flat.
Then after the meeting, shine out like the sun by telling the folks how it should have been done.
Don’t do any more than you possibly can, leave the work for some other woman or man.
And when you see faithful ones work themselves sick, then stand up and holler, "It’s run by a clique!"
This funny thing called Commitment is what we are currently studying. We looked at Romans 12:1 and we saw that commitment requires our entire body. We are supposed to sacrifice ourselves to be committed to Christ. Then we looked at Romans 12:2 and we saw that if we are to be committed whole-heartedly to God first, then we can’t conform to the world. We are told not to conform and so we need to choose where our commitments will lie. They will either be with God or they will be with the world. And now we come to a place where we need to ask ourselves a deeper question. Now that we understand commitment, what it is, now let’s look at what things we are supposed to be committed to. And there are a few things that Christians are supposed to be committed to, but let’s look at something that we may sometimes overlook. We as Christians, if we are totally committed to Christ, then we are to be committed to the church. More specifically, we are to be committed to church attendance.
I know, sometimes it is hard to see how important church really is. Many times we feel like we have so many other important things to do, but where does church sit on God’s importance level? Why do so many people have many reasons to not come to church?
Football in the fall. Basketball in the winter. Baseball in the spring and summer. A certain minister had been an avid sports fan all his life. But he had had it! He quit this sports business once and for all. You can’t get him near one of those places again. Want to know why...
Every time he went, they asked him for money.
The people with whom he had to sit didn’t seem very friendly.
The seats were too hard and not at all comfortable.
He went to many games, but the coach never came to call on him.
The referee made a decision with which he could not agree.
he suspected that he was sitting with some hypocrites -- they came to see their friends and what others were wearing rather than to see the game.
Some games went into overtime, and he was late getting home.