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How to Come to Church (3 of 8)
Series: An Instruction Manual for the Christian Life
1. THE PRIVILEGE OF COMING TO CHURCH
a) How Excited He Was
b) How Eager He Was
2. THE PURPOSE OF COMING TO CHURCH
a) Meet the Family of God
b) Hear the Word of God
c) Worship the Person of God
3. THE PROFIT OF COMING TO CHURCH
a) Spiritual Prosperity
b) Spiritual Peace
I came across this story about two fellows by the name of Jim and Ron. Both went to the same Church. Jim went to church one Sunday morning. He heard the organist miss a note, and he winced. He saw a teen talking when everyone else was praying. He felt certain the usher was watching to see what he put in the offering plate, and it made him boil. Five times, by actual count, he caught the preacher in slip-of-the-tongue mistakes. During the invitation, he slipped out the side door, all the while muttering to himself, "What a waste of time!"
Ron was in the same service also. He heard the pianist play an arrangement of "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," and he was stirred to worship by the majesty of it. A special missions offering was received, and he was glad his church was doing what they could for people around the world. He especially appreciated the sermon that Sunday; it really spoke to a need in his life. He thought, as he shook the preacher's hand and left, "How can anyone come here and not feel the presence of the Lord?"
Both men were in the same church the same day. Each heard the same music and message, but the experience was totally different. What made the difference? The simple truth is both men found what they were looking for. They both came to Church, but how they came made a difference in what they got out of Church.
Now, we all know that attending Church is important in our Christian life. In fact, our Church attendance is commanded of God. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 10:25 to not forsake the "assembling of ourselves together." When we miss Chu ...
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