Where do you gather? (pt. 1)

There are many things that influence one’s choosing of a church family. Some look for good student ministries for their kids. Others desire one form of music over another. And many will attend (and become members) if they feel that the teaching is good and worth listening to. At the same time, some choose a church based off the community that exists there: do these people fellowship together? Maybe you have a combination of the four or have your own reasons all together, but one thing is for sure– our motivations are always in need of being checked.

Why we leave or stay

The author of Hebrews gives this command in 10.24-25:

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Here, he’s assuming that we are going to have trouble being consistently committed to our church families, so he offers the motivation of the end: The Day is drawing near, and you need this family now more than ever. Don’t neglect them! But so often, we feel the “need” (read: sinful desire) to drift away from the church we belong to claiming that other churches have it “better.” A better music ministry. A better children’s ministry. Better sermons. Nicer people. The list goes on.

This has been on my heart for quite some time now and I have been encouraged by some other ministry leaders who have similar thoughts as I do. These have been men who are not in their “ideal” situation but are serving their local church family faithfully. Along the way in this short series, I will share some of their stories along with theological and philosophical reasons behind choosing a church family (spoiler alert: the goal of this is to encourage us to be more involved in our church and local communities and be less concerned with our “needs”).

With that said, I end with the following questions:

  1. Why do you attend the Church that you attend?
  2. How far do you have to travel to get to your church’s building?
  3. How is your commitment to that Church family (do you fellowship with others besides being in the building for an hour and a half on Sunday)?
More to come, but for further thoughts regarding this, see Ray Ortlund.
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