In our Western culture Sunday is no longer believed to be a day where we go to church; instead, it is a day of kicking back, working on household projects, and recreation.
And while there really isn’t anything wrong with any of these, going to church, unfortunately isn’t even a blip on people’s radar. Barbeques and football are what’s on most people’s mind, even those who call themselves Christians.
Throughout God’s word we’re encouraged to seek out other believers to worship, praise, magnify, and study to find out more about the greatness of our Lord.
The psalmist brings this out saying, “Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them.” (Psalm 111:1-2)
The psalmist says he goes to church, that is, meeting with all the other believers where he worships God with every fiber of his being, along with learning all he can about the Lord God from His word, along with learning about God’s will and way for his life.
Unfortunately, this same testimony is lacking in God’s people today. Many want to worship the Lord from the convenience of their own home and the television set or Internet. Years ago, I even had a family member tell me that while they love the church and the teaching, they preferred to stay at home, and every so often watch religious programing on TV.
One gentleman left a church’s service saying to his pastor, “This just doesn’t do it for me. I just like watching so-in-so on T.V.”
Others say they like to worship the Lord in the great outdoors. But the truth is they are worshiping their recreational time, and the Lord barely if ever gets a nod.
God commands our coming together, especially given what we are facing in a world that is hostile towards Christians, which is getting worse by the day. We need one another now more than ever before.
Therefore, the writer of Hebrews says, “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” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
So, where will we be this Sunday?
I truly hope to see you this Sunday at 10 a.m. Last week we looked at the battle for our minds, and I ended saying, “That while the battle we are in is spiritual, the primary ground that this battle is fought is in our minds. But what ultimately determines the victory is the place we give to Christ in our hearts.”
Therefore, this Sunday message we’ll be, “The Battle for Our Hearts.”
Dennis Lee is the senior pastor of Living Waters Fellowship located at 211 West 1st South, behind ACE Hardware.
Sunday morning service begins at 10 a.m. either in-person or on-line (Children and Youth ministry available). All services and teachings, including Sunday 6 p.m. service, are available on our YouTube Channel, “Mesquite NV Living Waters Fellowship.”
To find more about Living Waters Fellowship visit, “mesquitelivingwaters.com.”
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