Pastor John Siebeling
Hebrews 10:24-25 - And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Today is Sunday. Sabbath. The Lord’s Day. Church! Are you coming?
The passage above is probably the clearest passage in the New Testament encouraging us to commit to going to church. Being a part of a strong, healthy, life-giving church is an awesome thing. I think back over my life, and no doubt, when I got planted in church when I was 20 years old, it totally changed the trajectory of my life. One of my life passages is Psalm 92:12-13 - The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. When I first read that, something resonated deep inside of me and I leaned into church. Now, 33 years later, I feel like my life is a reflection of the promise in that passage. I’m not perfect, but I’m flourishing. And, none of the churches that I’ve been planted in are perfect either. The point is our life is like a seed and the potential in that seed comes out when the seed is planted in the soil of a local church.
Clearly, 2020 has brought some challenges. COVID-19, racial injustice, and politics have all brought a great shaking to our world and even to the church. Many people have stopped going to church. But Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 - …I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. The church has and will continue to stand the test of time and all the other tests that come against it. And it’s the best place to be if you’re a Christian. It’s the right place to be if you’re a Christian. I hope, if you’ve left for some reason, you’ll come back. The church needs you and you need the church. We miss you!
Prayer Starter: Father God, thank you for your church. Help me to stay planted in church and serve you with all my heart.
Today’s Prayer Focus: Pray for Encounter Weekend, that there would be a strong presence of God in our services as we dedicate ourselves to the year ahead.
***Don’t forget, it’s Encounter Weekend and I will be kicking off our brand new message series, Open Heaven, this weekend in church!