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  Phil Hays

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Phillip Hays

"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 10:25 (NIV)

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 believers.

●The church is the bride of Christ (see Ephesians 5:22 33)!
●The church is the fellowship of the saints (see 1 John 1:3)!
●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 12:27)!
●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.

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