If you only attend once a week just to make sure you’ve done your Christianly duty, then it has no true benefit to you. If you hear the sermon but never put what you heard into practice, then what’s the point of showing up? If, during communion, your mind is everywhere except on the sacrifice and grace of Christ and the family with which you are communing, then why participate?
So many people wonder why they don’t get anything out of their church experience. They complain that the messages are boring. They complain that the church members never visit when they’re in need, yet they aren’t around enough for people to get to know them and their needs. They complain that there aren’t enough programs for their kids. They jump from church to church never planting roots, and they wonder why church doesn’t bring any true benefit to their life.
Does this sound familiar?
Is the church worth the time and effort?
If you come to the assemblies to give (not just to get), then you find that you are blessed beyond measure, and your life will be changed.
If you spend more time than simply during the worship assembly once a week with your brothers and sisters in the church, then you will build relationships that allow for many great benefits in life – not the least of which is real family. So many people are questioning the necessity of Sunday and Wednesday evening gatherings. I, too, have wondered about their relevance. However, when people overlook those assemblies, they miss out on a much more intimate time of fellowship and discussion that brings relationship growth in the body of Christ. Those who attend the peripheral gatherings (Sunday morning class, Sunday evening assembly, Wednesday evening classes and others) find much more fulfillment in their church membership. This is due to the relationships that are fostered in these gatherings and the discussion that happens which brings spiritual growth.
If you come to experience the presence of God through worship and a message from the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, you will find God, and He will bring healing to you.
If you come to commune with your savior and your family in Christ, you will find renewed salvation and unity with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
If you come to offer love to those you encounter, you will leave feeling loved by others and by your Father in Heaven.
If you come to fellowship, you will find relationships that help drive out loneliness and can even help heal depression. You will find connection to something bigger than yourself.
If you come to volunteer, you will find that there are ample opportunities to serve, and those programs you wished were there could be manned by your involvement.
If you come looking for ways to connect – not ways to simply exist – you will find that church is well worth the time and effort.
Are you finding fulfillment and spiritual growth through your involvement in a church gathering? If not, I would like to suggest you try two things in this order:
- Get involved. The more involved you get, the more you will find yourself in the middle of the relationships in the church. This will bring community and connection that will help foster purpose and fulfillment in your calling to be a disciple of Jesus. This will allow you to experience the love of the body of Christ.
- If you’ve gotten involved, or tried to get involved, but the church is obviously lacking in its ability to love, then talk to the leadership of the church about your experience. Don’t be shy. They need to know. If they listen and change things, GREAT! If not, it may be time to find another gathering where you can attempt number 1 again.
Church shopping shouldn’t be a trend, yet it seems to be. Instead of jumping from place to place looking for the coolest worship or the hippest preachers or the most energetic children’s ministries, get involved where you are, and see if you can help the church where you’ve been planted grow into the church it should be.
One last thought: A church that isn’t loving is not a church that is of Jesus. If the church doesn’t follow the greatest commands (love God and your neighbor), then finding a church that does love seems to be the only viable option.
I know a great church in Aztec, NM that loves one another and seeks to invite others into that love. If that’s what you’re looking for, then come be a part of our family at Aztec church of Christ. God bless you all.