Come On Back to Church
I, like you, am a Christian disciple. It’s important for me to participate in worship and the rest of church life. And it’s important for you, too. Why should we keep regular company with other people who profess to believe as we do? Why can’t we just stay home and watch on the internet or TV?
First, let me say that those are fine options for those who don’t have good mobility and aren’t able to travel well to church. And I also realize that COVID has made a few people very cautious about being around other people. Ultimately, there are choices in life that we all have to make, or are forced to make, even though we would actually prefer something different.
For most of us, however, whether we decide to come to church boils down to priorities. Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer offers the following as a reason for you and me to gather regularly for worship, study, and service in the name of Christ:
“God has willed that we should seek and find God’s living Word in the testimony of other Christians, in the mouths of human beings. Therefore, Christians need other Christians who speak God’s Word to them. They need them again and again when they become uncertain and disheartened because living by their own resources, they cannot help themselves without cheating themselves out of the Truth. They need other Christians as bearers and proclaimers of the divine word of salvation. They need them solely for the sake of Jesus Christ.”
And in Ephesians, we find:
“…You are a member of God’s very own family… and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.”
Sure. While COVID presents a few challenges and inconveniences, we all benefit from getting together for worship, and for learning opportunities like Sunday School. Surely the benefit of our children and youth learning about Jesus from teachers who love them outweighs the inconvenience of wearing a mask for a couple of hours. All of us need the love and encouragement of our brothers and sisters in Christ at the church. Allow church to be a source of hope and encouragement in the midst of a chaotic-feeling world.
I invite you to pray about making church a regular part of your life again, beginning this coming Sunday.
I look forward to seeing you,
Last Published: October 1, 2021 10:55 AM
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