Three questions to avoid on Sunday morning (and three to ask)
I recently wrote an article called Do Christians have to go to church? But even if we are part of one, our view of church doesn’t immediately fall into place.
Here are three questions we might ask as we wake up on Sunday. And how to respond to each.
#1 What am I going to get by going to church?
Christians are parts of Christ’s body, the church (1 Corinthians 12:12). Body parts serve each other. For my hand to work, it also needs the heart, brain, blood and arm.
So our question shouldn’t be about what I’m going to get by going, but what I’m going to give by serving.
Who needs comfort? Encouragement with the gospel? Prayer?
Body parts serve together, for each other.
#2 Is anything else on?
Our culture values freedom over duty; the individual over the community; consumption over commitment. The effect?
We’ll go with our best option – the sport, the meet-up, the lie-in. While church should be our priority, we’ll give it a miss.
But as body parts, Christ’s body can’t be at full strength without you (1 Corinthians 12:17).
Body parts serve together, so you're needed.
#3 How do I feel about going?
If you’re really sick, stay in bed. But if you feel a little low, God has chosen to meet your needs through his church (1 Corinthians 12:18).
We’re needy, depressed, deceived, suffering and sinful people. We need the hope-filled healing of gospel truth to meet our needs – needs that are met best by God’s church.
Body parts serve together, so allow the body to serve you.
Avoid these questions.
Instead, ask: What can I give today? What better offer do you have than the privilege of serving? What gospel truth can the church help you hear today