September 2013- Why Should I go to church?


Led by the Spirit - Why Should I go to church?

I remember the many times in my childhood, when on a Sunday, my Dad would knock on my door, wake me up and with a confident voice say, “it’s time for church!” With a lot of moaning and grumbling I would try to change his mind by replying, “ but Dad, I’m too tired and besides it’s so-o-o-o boring!”
Excuses were never acceptable to Dad. I can still remember the smile on his face as he sat proudly in the front pew of the church alongside his five children and his wife. It’s a great memory filled with gratitude towards my Dad who instilled a foundation of faith that has remained with me to this very day.
As I travel in this ministry to various churches of all denominations, pastors are sharing their struggles, witnessing their congregations decreasing in numbers. Parents are deep in prayer, determined to fight the good fight of faith for their families as they witness their adult children turning away from God and the church. In the past and in society today, we still hear the common excuses such as these: “I’ve worked hard all week and it’s the only day I get to sleep in”...“this church does not meet my needs”... “there are too many hypocrites in church”...“the sermon is too long and it’s boring”...“my husband doesn’t go, so why should I?”...“they’re always asking me for money”...“I just don’t have time, I’m too busy!”

Jesus had a very close friend named Martha who was very busy- too busy to sit down and visit with Jesus. As she was preparing the meal she was totally irked at her sister Mary who was not helping! What was Mary doing? She chose to put off everything to listen to Jesus who was teaching God’s word, a word of truth that would pierce the depth of her soul, setting her free to be the best person she could be for God.
So how does time play a factor in our everyday lives? As a Christian, I believe that God is my creator, I belong to God and all of my time belongs to God. He is so generous in giving me six days out of every seven – a total of 144 hours in which to work, recreate and sleep. God only asks that I choose to set aside one hour to worship in thanksgiving for all of my blessings-my home, my job, my children, my family, my health and the amazing grace He pours upon my life each day to fulfill His purpose here on this earth.

Why should I go to church? God commands us to go in Exodus 20:2, “ Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.” As Christians let us wear our label with honour and give witness to the faith we proclaim.

The most important investment of time we’ll ever make concerns what we’ll do with our soul. It is our responsibility, no one else’s. The Bible teaches us that one day we will die and in that moment we will stand before God with nothing more than the decision we made in this life concerning Him.
See you in church on Sunday! 

September Scripture:

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)

Upcoming events: 

Sat. Oct. 26, 2013 Women’s Conference “Be Real”
 Elim Tabernacle Free Church Fosston, Sk.
 Contact: Linda (306) 322-4565