"Let us not give up meeting
together, as some are in the
habit of doing, but let us encourage one another
the more as you see the Day approaching." — Hebrews
Did you realize that 2.7 million people drop out of church
each year in the United States?
September 7th is "Get-Back-to-Church Sunday" here at
Westside Christian! We have a very special day planned! It's a
great opportunity to make the right decision and return to
church! It's a great day to invite friends and family!
Often the Hebrews 10:25 passage is merely used as a
proof text to guilt people back into services. Yes, guilt has its
place when we intentionally fail. But, attending church is more
than just a way to relive our conscience! It's so much more
than merely filling a seat and being part of a head count!
We should come to church because we want to honor our
God and because we know it's the right thing to do! Christ
gave the church a mission that has eternal implications!
Because of Christ and His sacrifice, we have exactly what the
world needs! We have THE message of THE one and only
Savior! And, by the way, God has voiced several very
powerful reasons for us to be active in His fellowship of
●The church is the bride of Christ (see Ephesians 5:22
●The church is the fellowship of the saints (see 1 John
●The church is the pillar and the foundation of the
truth (see 1 Timothy 3:15)!
●The church is the body of Christ (see 1 Corinthians
●The church (His people) is God's tool for winning the
world to Christ (see Matthew 28:18-20)!
And I could go on and on! As I say, the Bible repeatedly
demonstrates that God thinks pretty highly of His "called out
ones," A.K.A. the CHURCH! God designed the CHURCH
It's His idea. He intends for the CHURCH to be a "hospital for
sinners" and the herald of both challenge and hope. It's true
that no church on the planet is perfect, but the Lord of the
CHURCH is without fault, pure, and holy! Indeed, our God is
worthy of our praise, adoration, worship, and our attention!
But we still sometimes allow life to crowd out the
important and we may even secretly query, "What's the big
deal about C H U R C H?" Or like so many, we've allowed a
variety of influences to unwittingly convince us that God is no
longer a viable solution to our need of hope and direction in
life! Many have written off the Lord and His CHURCH as
powerless and insignificant!
God is present and accounted for! We serve the risen
King of Kings and Lord of Lords! I want to also invite you to
my new series of messages entitled: Becoming REAL
PEOPLE of the one and only REAL GOD! We need to be
reminded that God not only exists, but that He will also one
day call us into account for our lives. God wants us to live
sincere lives in His will and in the truth.
So, have we forgotten that Westside Christian Church is a
place of worship, discipleship, learning, growth,
encouragement, hope, service, brotherhood, love, fellowship,
breaking of bread, guidance, and jo
aspects of Christ's Church!
Let's not give up meeting together!
Hope to see you Sunday, Phil.