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Going Back

January 14, 2016

Inertia can be a terrible thing. If you’ve ever tried to push a car you know how much harder it is to get a vehicle moving than it is to keep it moving. That is because of inertia. Things at rest tend to stay at rest and things in motion tend to stay in motion. The habits of life tend to follow similar principles of inertia. The habit of church attendance tends to propagate itself and the habit of staying home on Sunday morning tends to resist movement towards returning to church.

Attending church is more than a physical act. Participation in the local church is a God given means of Christian growth. Going back to church requires more than dredging up the physical discipline to get out of bed on Sunday morning. Church attendance is a spiritual discipline. As a result, the Christian who has neglected church attendance needs to recognize the spiritual battle. He needs to respond to the failure of church attendance as a spiritual ailment that requires Divine resources to remedy. God has given His Word to renew the Christian’s mind so he will think rightly about the gathering of God’s people.

Consider the great value of the church. If you have dropped out of church you have begun to think less of the church. You have devalued it to be less important than your personal feelings, your comfort, your plans or your own expectations. Elevate your estimation of the church by saturating your mind with the Bible’s teachings on the infinite worth of the church.

Remember the church is built by Jesus.
“I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)
The church is His creation. Though it has problems and it will go through times in which it seems to be losing the battle the church will be victorious. Hell will not prevail against the church of Jesus. Why not be a part of the local expression of the eternally victorious church? The church is Jesus’ own work and will stand victorious because He is actively working in the gathering of His children.

Remember the church is gifted by Jesus to make each Christian like Himself.
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:” (Ephesians 4:11-13)
Jesus has gifted the leaders of your church to equip its members to serve one another for His glory. He has ordained and supernaturally enabled the church for your spiritual benefit. Jesus poured out supernatural ability on every member of the church so you will become more like Jesus. He has given you specific, spiritual gifts for the benefit of the church. Jesus has given lavish gifts to His church. Why not gather together to enjoy the great gifts of God?

The local church has been purchased with the most valuable currency in the universe.
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” (1 Peter 1:18-19)
Jesus loved the church so much He paid for it with His own suffering and death. He loved the church so much He set aside His Divine prerogatives and glory to gather a people to Himself. He did not consider His ease, comfort, praise or life as more important than the church. He gave all for the good of the church. Since He loves His church so much, why do you love it so little? Since He gave so much for His church, how can you neglect His precious bride?

The Triune Godhead is actively involved in the local church. The Father ordained the church, elected the church and adopts its members. The Son purchased the church and forgives each member by His blood. The Spirit seals the church, secures it to the end and gifts its members for ministry. The entire Godhead is actively involved in the church. Shouldn’t you be?

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