Good Folks, it is Friday, July 13, 2018.
Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25 (NRSV)
The writer of The Letter to the Hebrews (NRSV) shares with us in chapter ten some things to consider: hold fast to the confession of our hope, how do we provoke one another to love and good deeds for good, not neglecting to meet together … seeing the Day approach (paraphrased).
- In short, what does all this mean to us as a community of faith?
- What does it mean to me as an individual within this community?
I have no regrets living my life in a knowledge that “I cannot remember not going to church.” I thank God for coming to my father’s life and having mercy upon him, so that change happened that affected our entire family. It has been said that a woman has great influence in a household; however, studies have indicated that when the dominant male of the household goes to church, there is a high percentage that the entire family will go to church as well. It is so in the Hispanic family culture.
I applaud our many single parent households that faithfully go to church on Sunday morning. I know this first-hand as pastor of local churches for 28 years.
Why do we go to church? Habit? Because mom says so? Dad says so? Because Jesus will get mad and not hear my prayers? Why do we really go to church?
We have two huge banners in our sanctuary with one word displayed on each one: Worship and Serve. I believe that we can start here.
We gather to worship God, together. As friends, family and/or strangers.
We leave to serve God by serving God’s people. As friends, family and/or strangers. Nevertheless, we go out to serve, and if strangers when we start, we are better acquainted when we finish. That is definitely what happens in PIP Days, mission trips, choir tours and the like.
- We often come to church to hear a sermon [AKA: A word from God].
Yet, there should be a “so that” that happens.
- So that, we as a community of faith can go and make disciples of Jesus Christ. So that the world will be transformed in the likeness of Christ.
- So that, we gather to experience a greater glimpse of God.
- So that, we may hear a word of hope, grace, forgiveness, mercy and having a relationship with Jesus makes all the difference in every aspect of our lives.
- So that, as we study God’s word we can begin and continue our relationship with the Word.
Why do I go to church? Because it has all the difference in my life and continues to this very moment.
You are invited to join me and millions others every Sunday.
Blessings from Duncanville,