When we gather at church, are we there for the fellowship, the worship, the teaching/preaching or what? Certainly some people go to church just for the social recognition. Others want to absolve themselves of their guilt. Many of us (“righteous” church-goers) have a different approach: We feel all the pressures of life throughout the week and we are looking for a “sanctuary” from Satan. The church certainly IS that! In the Pentecostal churches, we often walk in the door with a “I need a blessing” prayer on our lips.
But what we really need to ask ourselves is, “What does GOD expect of us as we gather for church?” What is it really all about?
The bishop of the United Brethren wrote an article on his blog about the REAL mission of the church. He posed the question, “What If Church is Really About the Lost?” He quoted Spurgeon…
Oh, my brothers and sisters in Christ, if sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies; and if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay, and not madly to destroy themselves. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.
C.H. Spurgeon, “The Wailing of Risca“
That quote caught my attention! That kind of attitude is not as common as it once was nor as common as it SHOULD be today!
Spurgeon continued his sermon with a call to parents:
“…let not another hour pass over your head, when you have reached home, before you have freed your conscience of the blood of your children’s souls. Gather them together around you this afternoon, and say to them… ‘My dear children, I cannot help telling you… I am anxious that God’s Holy Spirit should graciously lead you to repent of sin and seek a Saviour.'”
To which I can only suggest… Maybe waiting even until one reaches home may be too late. Why not right this instant?