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The Church Habit

by on November 14, 2013

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching

 – Hebrews 10:24-25

Habits are a habitual part of all of our lives. Where we go, what we eat, what we buy, who we spend time with, when we get up, what we read, etc. all reflect our habits. Habits can be great and helpful, they can be harmful and destructive. Certain habits are necessary to healthy living, certain habits can ruin us. I will be the first to admit that church participation is a habitual part of my life and for my family, we have always gone to church. I for one believe it is an excellent habit and I make no apologies for recommending this habit. Of course we would never suggest that habitual attendance brings salvation or right relationship with God, only the blood of Christ can provide that. 

I believe I can say on the authority of scripture from this week’s memory verse that God desires us to share in the ministry of the local church. The author of Hebrews discourages the habit of not getting together regularly with the family of God, which suggests the opposite habit would be encouraged. Of course the church has it’s flaws, areas to improve, ways to grow and can always be a better example of what the household of God should look like. However, it is what God has called us to be a part of and in fact there are so few admonitions for this we can assume it was simply an accepted practice of the early Christians.

Yes, you can worship by yourself in any place of your choosing. Yes, you can probably learn on your own through personal study, yes you can serve God apart from the ‘organized church’. But the church family needs you, and I believe each of us needs the church. If you are waiting for the perfect church to attend, then you probably know the old adage ‘when you or I go, it will no longer be perfect’ because we are imperfect. The church will always be ‘imperfect’ but Paul tells Timothy that by his teachings “you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in the God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth” (1Tim. 3:15). The church has been given an awesome responsibility to be an example of God’s truth, it can only do so when God’s people are a part of it. Will you join with us (or your local church family) and share in this great privilege God has given us?

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