Recently, Cecil May III and I watched a webinar about how to encourage church members who have not yet returned to in-person worship. It seems that this is something most churches have in common now, post-pandemic. Apparently, the long layoff caused by the virus; social distancing and online options has left most churches still missing a fairly significant number of folks from in-person Sunday worship. Of course, online options remain, but ideally—as compelled by the biblical model and teaching—the body works best when it all comes together to worship and praise God. So, thinking about this—here are three good reasons to come back to church.
- It is how we “spur one another on to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24). Contextually this mutual responsibility is directly connected to being together in worship (10:25). It was vital for the Hebrews in their context and now for us as well or else, like the Hebrews, we could be in danger of slipping back and away from the Lord.
- It is how we can show “equal concern for each other” (1 Corinthians 12:25). This verse is in the “body analogy” section of Paul’s letter to the splintered Corinthian church. Every member is important, needed and an equal part of God’s church, but the church has to be intentional to realize and demonstrate that. Being together in worship is a wonderful way to accomplish it.
- It is how we demonstrate the joy, harmony and beauty of the Lord. “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity” (Psalm 133:1). What a witness we share to the world when we prioritize being together; join each other in singing praise to God; remembering the sacrifice of Christ in communion; and praying together as one people. Of course, God is worthy of all of our praise—and being his people together offering it is incredible.
We are thankful for those who join us online and desire to stay connected, but we also admit to missing those who have not yet returned. Hope to see you soon!
I love you, church!
- This article first appeared in the Levy Church of Christ bulletin on 7/4/2021