“…go into the city and you will be told what you must do.” Acts 9:6
One of my dear friends mentioned that their relationship with God had evolved. They had stepped further away from organized religion, but their faith and relationship with God had only deepened.
I have many questions with this mentality of attending church. I understand faults found in religion. I know people who give Jesus’ bride, His church, a bad name. Yet, where can those hypocrites and sinners be healed, if they don’t rub elbows with saints? When I read this verse where St. Paul tells his conversion story, I marveled at the thought that he, Paul, was sent to the church, the community of believers, in Damascus to listen for instruction. Then in the 10th chapter of Hebrews, the author says: “We should not stay away from our assembly, as is the custom of some, but encourage one another, and this all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Jesus didn’t stop going to synagogue (church) after he was baptized. Jesus had this wonderful relationship with his Father God and yet he prayed in synagogue as well as outside on the hilltop. How do I invite and encourage believers to attend church?
God, as I look at the aged faces who attend church, I wonder if we are a remnant of believers. Raise up men and women to love you confidently and be willing to serve your Church at any cost.