Seems like a silly question, and perhaps even sounds like a Monty Python skit, but how we do says what we think church is, and why we are there. In his book ‘How To Walk Into Church,’ Tony Payne says:
‘If we think it’s like going to the movies, we’ll expect to be entertained or inspired.
If we think it’s about personal devotion and worship, we’ll probably come not expecting to interact much with others.
If you think it’s the right thing to do and helps stay on ‘God’s good side,’ we’ll come because it needs to be done.’
Why did you come today?
Each Sunday, I still find it helpful to remember and pray Hebrews 10:24-25:
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
(Hebrews 10:24–25 NIV11)
It reminds us we need to be there, and we need to be there for each other, more and more each week. Try it!
My early Christmas present to you is ‘How To Walk Into Church’ (Matthias Media, Tony Payne, 2015). It’s a short read (64 pp), and might just change our experience of church forever! (sorry: we ran out of copies at Walgett, and so will aim to have more this week at all services)
In Christ, Tory.