The Art of Going to Church
|Ecclesiastes 5 (NKJV™)|
|1||Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil.|
|2||Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few.|
|3||For a dream comes through much activity, And a fool's voice is known by his many words.|
|4||When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; For He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed--|
|5||Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.|
|6||Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin, nor say before the messenger of God that it was an error. Why should God be angry at your excuse and destroy the work of your hands?|
|7||For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also vanity. But fear God.|
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
If you're reading this, chances are you've come to church! But why are you here? What is your intention? Don't get me wrong, we're glad you're here today in this place of worship. But for a moment, think about your motivation and your experience--why you've come and what you'll do while you're here and even afterwards. There really is a right way and a wrong way to come to church. Let's consider the words of Solomon--the ancient Preacher.
The Church. Who really needs to be a part of it? Why should we belong to something so archaic and so narrow? The culture around us seems to ask this question relentlessly, but what is the answer? Pastor Skip Heitzig presents a series of reasons why the church, as Christ established it, is so vitally important to the Christian walk. From God's original intent for His church, to the ways in which He uses us today, and the reasons why people attend and leave the church, this series emphasizes the importance of the Church and the need to revere it as divinely established.
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Keywords: church, attitude, affirmation, fellowship, voice