Just an encouraging word I discovered browsing around the other day from Saleama A. Ruvalcaba
I have read several books about all the problems in the church today. It’s frustrating. There are so many books out there about why people either stopped going to church or about all the problems with church leadership. Are there problems in the church? Yes…there are plenty of problems in the church. But guess what? There are problems within businesses, families, politics, media, entertainment…etc. There are problems everywhere you turn. After experiencing many issues with church leadership our family almost walked away from church – for good. After much prayer we went back. We found an amazing church that admits there are problems within the church, but still doing so much for the community and our world at large. So while people might be leaving the church, here are five reasons we ARE going to church.
- The Bible says do not forsake the assembly;
Hebrews 10:25 (NIV) 25 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. We are told not to forsake the assembly. Our family fell prey to believing we were better than “church people” by following friends who we thought were super spiritual. They stopped going to church and we followed them. In our time away from church we were more miserable and felt further away from God.
- My children; When we went back to church, we found a church with a great children’s ministry. This was the first church we attended that truly emphasized Bible memory. We were amazed to see our children memorize God’s Word in such a powerful way.
- Life Groups; My husband and I found a Life Group at our new church full of imperfect people, who are truly doing their best to live and honor God. Not to mention, our Life Group teachers are solid in the Word of God. So prior to going to Sunday service, we get outstanding teaching from our Life Group leaders.
- Prayer; I hate to admit it, but I have never been apart of a church that prays as much as our current church. Now granted, I have been to “prayer meetings” which were three-hour long sessions of talking, eating and praying about our own problems. But our current church goes one step further. We pray for our city, the communities, the government, the president, the police department, for men to be the head of their homes. We pray for our world!
- We love God; God does not hide Himself from this imperfect world, so who are we to hide ourselves from the imperfect church? If we truly are living as the light of the world, we can evoke change into our circumstances. We can sit on social media and complain all day, or we can ask God to help us be the difference we want to see.