Have you tried God?
You tried church . . .but it just didn’t work.
No one helped you and you didn’t know what to do, so you didn’t stick with it. There’s a lot of stories like this. Somewhere along the way, the spiritual growth process stagnates. People get disconnected.
Church membership is a beautiful gift. When Christ comes to live in you, you become a member of the Body of Christ. A process starts in you that doesn’t end with a one-time decision to follow Christ. We mature. We progress in our faith. Jesus is our target. We measure maturity by the extent to which we resemble Him. We help each other. The people of the church have a role in the growth of each other.
But . . . how? How does a person get from being new at this to looking a lot like Jesus? How do you get from where you are to becoming conformed to the image of Jesus? And how does the church support it?
The first part of this process is to GATHER in worship.
We sing and celebrate together. (It’s so much cooler than doing it by yourself!) Our faith is reinforced when we look around see others looking to Jesus. Our love is renewed when we see the care of the body and hear testimony. Our hope is strengthened when we see a fellow believer persevere in struggle and they are praising God. Those things only happen when we gather together.