It’s been an awesome week at Meadows this past week. Sunday was a great day, and Wednesday Night Connect was bumping last night. I know I’m an employee and I HAVE to say this, but gathering with you all on Sundays and Wednesdays really does make my Christian life doable.
I know we don’t HAVE to go anywhere at anytime to be a true believer in Christ. We’re not saved by anything we do or don’t do: we’re saved because of what Jesus has done, and we receive God’s free gift of salvation by grace through faith. It’s a done deal, it’s finished, over, secured “once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).
But I also know that the only way I can really grow in my faith is to consistently gather with other believers on a weekly basis. Yes, podcasts are great, video sermons are awesome, and church-on-your-balcony-with-coffee-and-a-Bible can be really restful and refreshing. But for real-life growth, I really do need to be around other believers as often as I can.
The Bible makes it clear. “Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25).
Without a church family, you’ll drift when it’s tough to trust Christ. I can look back on my life and see times when, if I had missed a specific worship service, my life would have taken a radically different turn. And I’ve thought, “What if I’d skipped that service? What if I’d just slept in that day?” I would have missed something that changed the direction of the rest of my life. So if the church doors are open, I want to be inside.
A church is kind of like a campfire. In a campfire you’ve got all these red-hot coals. If you remove one single coal and set it far away, it will cool in a matter of minutes. The fire goes out, and the coal goes dark. But if you take a coal that’s lost its fire and put it back into the fire, it gets hot again. That’s the power of fellowship.
Stay connected. Make it a routine. We know God is gracious towards us during times when we can’t make it, or during baseball tournaments, or when you just need to catch up on sleep. We don’t need to feel guilty about things like that, ever. But to keep the fire burning on your life, stay connected to the campfire!