Here is the church,
In Colorado, weekends are ruled by the great outdoors. Hiking, biking and camping draw the masses during the warmer months, while the ski slopes rule winter. Church, if a priority at all, is low on the list of “places to go, people to see” for many including some Christians.
Here is the steeple,
But does it matter? Is church even a necessity to the Christian life? The straightforward answer is no; you don’thave to go to church to accept Christ’s forgiveness and live your life for him. In fact, some Christians have been hurt by the institution of the church and have consciously chosen to follow Christ individually without the sometimes legalistic, sometimes isolating church environment. Others find the church doesn’t meet their needs, doesn’t challenge them or just isn’t enjoyable enough to carve out time from their busy schedules to attend.
Open the doors
If church isn’t a necessity, why even go? The church is made up of people – all kinds of people – just like you’d find at work, the mall or Starbucks. And just like people everywhere, these people are looking for something: they’re looking to find out more about this Jesus-person, looking to grow or maybe to serve, or maybe they just want a place to belong.
and see all the people…
We all want to belong. And that’s the great thing about church, when it’s done right. It’s a place for all of us. Because we’ve all missed the boat when it comes to being enough: good enough, strong enough, put-together enough. We all need a God bigger than our sins, bigger than what we’ve done or what we’re doing. Big enough to take our hurts and our fears, our hopes and our dreams. And that’s why church is important, it brings together people who are trusting, people who are hurting, people who are learning; and it allows us to trust together, hurt together and learn together. Sure, we can do it alone but life wasn’t meant to be done individually, and neither was faith.
So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. (Hebrews 10-23-25)
When it comes to church, do you need to Begin Again? Come sit beside me in the pew and let’s talk church, and family and faith.