COMMIT TO ATTEND CHURCH REGULARLY
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Commit to attend church regularly
Committing to attend church regularly is one of the most significant next steps you can take in your spiritual journey. If you’re just exploring Christianity to see what it’s all about, this is a simple way to hear Christian teaching, and get to know some Christians. Many Christians struggle in their faith when they don’t regularly go to church. It's easy to lose momentum when you feel like you’re all on your own.
"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
Attending Church is a keystone habit
Attending Church is a keystone habit that can make(if you do it) or break(if you don’t) your faith. Like Paul said in Hebrews, when you gather together it strengthens your hope, you find encouragement, and that can lead to positive transformation in you and in the world through love and good deeds.
The Devil doesn’t want you to go to church
It's easy to embrace a list of excuses why not to go church, but in reality it is likely not your list, it is the devil's list of excuses. You might not even believe there is a devil, but if there is, he certainly doesn’t want you to regularly go to Church. He wants to steal your hope, isolate you from other Christians and leave you lost in your doubts. There are real and genuine reasons you can’t make it every week, and we understand that, but the devil is going to do everything he can to keep you from hearing teaching from the bible, being with other Christians and from encountering God in worship. Can he use your kids' weekend sports for that? Yes. Can he use your need to catch up on a few emails? Yes. Can he use your much needed family or down time for that? Yes. Can he use a fight between you and your spouse? Yes. He will use anything he can to keep you away. So take a stand against anything that is keeping you from attending Church.
Practical ways to assist in this area
There’s lots of practical things you can do to take a step forward in this area.
Put it in your calendar. Decide in advance you’ll be there, and don’t double book yourself.
Set an alarm so you can be on time.
Carpool with a friend.
Celebrate your success each week after church with your favorite drink from Starbucks, or have a nice meal with friends.
If you can’t make it in person, watch online, or listen to the podcast.
If you miss a week, try not to miss two.
Be fully present when you come. Stay focused and engaged in what’s happening. Put your phone on Do Not Disturb, sit close to the front, engage in worship and take notes during the teaching.
Be courageous and take your next step. Commit to attend church regularly.