We are living in a time when our lives are busier than ever. We’re juggling family, work, church, and all the other events that make up our week. With so many things going on, how should we fit church into our schedule? Is it something we attend if we have enough time left at the end of the week? How do you feel about a church that offers a mid-week Bible Study service? Is that expecting too much from a member? And if a church offers a live stream of their service online, is their even a need to feel an obligation to be there in person. Isn’t commitment easier when it’s convenient?
I know, I probably sound old fashion, but I’m one of those guys that believe in the power of fellowship. I still feel like, there are some things that only happen when the body of Christ comes together. I know this is a hot topic, and I am not trying to stir up controversy. I believe in small groups, ( I help lead two myself), I believe in having activities, and all the other progressive things we do to grow the church. However, there is still something mysterious that happens when God’s people join together and have church.
In America, Adults employed full-time report working an average of 47 hours per week. Again, that’s just an average. Most people I know surpass that. Some would look at that and say, working that many hours, I just can’t commit to attending a church or even think about volunteering. As a pastor, here’s my perspective. If you work that many hours, is it really too much to be in church approximately two-four hours a week? If you read the book of Acts, you’ll find that the Apostles committed to daily building the Kingdom of God. I’m not suggesting that we gather every day, although I do believe we should be committed to building the church every day.
I know this is a common topic among people and churches today; however, as the world continues to get worse, I believe the opportunity for the church to be a light, and a city set on a hill, becomes greater. The more we gather, the more powerful the light will shine. Yes, we should do that daily, but something still happens on those occasions when God’s people come to gather to worship, sing, and have their faith built through the preaching and teaching of the Word. Again, I’m not trying to stir up controversy; I’m just trying to inspire all of us to pack out our churches, make a difference in our communities, and most of all, bring revival to our Nation.