Why I go to Church- and a First Giveaway

More on this topic percolating as well, as I think about our church away from church experience yesterday while on vacation.

I think this article below caps it well..Daniel Darling hits the nail on the head here

And also yes to the well-worn clique, “You can go to church every week for your whole life and still be far from the Kingdom of God.” Yes, I’m still preaching that because it’s still true. Going to church won’t get you one yard closer to the pearly gates.

And yet, the simple act of going to church–I’m assuming here a church who preaches the gospel and declares that Jesus Christ is King–is in and of itself a declaration of war. When your weary legs rise for another verse of the chorus and you offer praise to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, you are saying, in effect, that the reigning prince of the power of the air, Satan (Ephesians 2:2) is really not the King He thinks he is. There is another King, another Kingdom and it’s coming one day in it’s fullness and power. When you gather with your fellow believers and worship Christ, you are saying to the rest of the world that man is not ultimate. You are saying that the great movements of this world may have some power, but ultimately they are part of God’s gathering of history to Himself and for His kingdom. When you worship the risen Christ every Sunday at your church, you are telling the world that in your life, for this moment, Christ is ultimate. He is to be worshipped above all else. You’re making a statement that there is Someone deserving of more adulation and worship than the lesser things to which we pledge allegiance. You’re inviting them to ask you, “Why do you think the Kingdom of God is better than the Kingdom of man? What is it about Christ that gets you to roll out of bed, get dressed, get your family dressed, hop in the car, and go to church every single Sunday?

What do you go for?

Let me know in the links below. In an effort to see if we can get some solid discussion going, the first 50 commenters will be entered in a draw to win a copy of Joshua Harris’s new book, “Humble Orthodoxy”. It’s going to take at least 50 comments to get this going, so let’s do it!

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6 Responses to Why I go to Church- and a First Giveaway

  1. Michelle says:

    As I was also fortunate enough to vacation this weekend, I had some thoughts about “church” too as I attended a church somewhat different from the one I regularly attend. It all started with my daughter being upset by the fact that we would not go to our “own” church this Sunday, and it made me think about what really constitutes “church”. Is it the place?:The people? The familiar routines? Or perhaps it truly is the fact that the act of going to church on Sunday proves to the rest of the world that man is not ultimate. There truly is a Divine Being that demands more honour and glory than my desire to sleep in, and relax and care for own desires.

  2. Michelle says:

    why am I the only person who comments?

  3. Mike says:

    It is because of what Christ did for me at Calvary that drives me to get out of bed and do this every Sunday, and if you are thinking that this sounds really pious, then you are thinking right. It is somehow really easy to get distracted with other things and lose that focus. It’s the other things that satan uses to distract us.

  4. Roger says:

    I like the way that is laid out. Living and working in a community of believers is something no Christian should be without, and yet you can sit there Sunday after Sunday with nothing sinking in if your heart is not in the right place.

  5. Leah says:

    Well I want that book that you have sitting on your shelf too Tony! 🙂 One of the reasons I go to church on a Sunday morning is to learn from God’s word being preached. And being totally honest I also love seeing friends and the fellowship that brings.

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