Seven Things to Take to Church with You

We are coming up on our Independence Day holiday. Our nation has been rocked to her foundation by what appears to be foolish experiments with our financial bedrocks, mortgages, corporations, insurance, health care, manufacturing, shrinking of our dollar, Supreme Court, employment woes, massive federal debt ($145,000 for every American taxpayer), immigration woes, and next year a fresh round of raising taxes. As bleak as it seems surely to be, there is always hope. This nation was founded on the idea that people could come to this land and enjoy freedom of religion. However, America has drifted too far away from true religion. The erosion of our religious freedoms threatens our nation at its core. That same evil erodes our Constitution and with each chip of that grand old document the foundations of America can be heard to groan and her timbers shaken. Real hope lies in a return to the basic character planks and principles that caused this land to become a great land. A Soviet leader said one time that his nation would bury America without firing a shot. The spirit that ruled that ruthless leader is still alive and seducing our leaders today on both the left and the right. That spirit is not communism or socialism (though both are rooted in some of the mischief we see creeping upon us). That spirit is ungodliness. Each generation is more and more comfortable drifting further from God. If we are to embrace the concept of hope for a better day, I think it might involve the way we view something as basic as our local church. What does church mean to you? Last night this thought stirred me and I listed out some things I hope you won’t mind me sharing with you. I hope you will prayerfully consider declaring a new Independence Day in your heart as we celebrate the birth of our nation. One Nation Under God…

We are coming up on our Independence Day holiday.  Our nation has been rocked to her foundation by what appears to be foolish experiments with our financial bedrocks, mortgages, corporations, insurance, health care, manufacturing, shrinking of our dollar, Supreme Court, employment woes, massive federal debt ($145,000 for every American taxpayer),  immigration woes, and next year a fresh round of raising taxes.  As bleak as it seems surely to be, there is always hope.  This nation was founded on the idea that people could come to this land and enjoy freedom of religion.  However, America has drifted too far away from true religion.  The erosion of our religious freedoms threatens our nation at its core.  That same evil erodes our Constitution and with each chip of that grand old document the foundations of America can be heard to groan and her timbers shaken.  Real hope lies in a return to the basic character planks and principles that caused this land to become a great land.   A Soviet leader said one time that his nation would bury America without firing a shot.  The spirit that ruled that ruthless leader is still alive and seducing our leaders today on both the left and the right.  That spirit is not communism or socialism (though both are rooted in some of the mischief we see creeping upon us).  That spirit is ungodliness.  Each generation is more and more comfortable drifting further from God.  If we are to embrace the concept of hope for a better day, I think it might involve the way we view something as basic as our local church.  What does church mean to you?  Last night this thought stirred me and I listed out some things I hope you won’t mind me sharing with you.   I hope you will prayerfully consider declaring a new Independence Day in your heart as we celebrate the birth of our nation.  One Nation Under God…

Seven Things to Take to Church With You

By the Editor
 
1. Your Bible–Always be armed with God’s written Word. “…be ready…” (I Pet. 3:15)
2. Prayerful attitude. House of prayer (Matt. 21:13) (Eph. 6:18) “Praying always…”
3. Receptive attitude.  “Ears to hear” (Matt. 11:15) Have God’s Word in your heart. Listen carefully to the preacher.        Listen to the Music & song.
4. Giving attitude. “Give…” (Luke 6:38)
5. Friendly attitude. Be friendly at church (Prov. 18:24) Shake hands and greet people warmly with a smile.
6. Attitude of Communion.  Why are you in church? Meditate on what Jesus Christ did on the cross & His resurrection; How? Thoughtfully, prayerfully & privately. (Philippians 4:8) While you are seated in your church have your own private communion service in your heart.  Prepare your heart for worship.
7. Your self.  Make sure you show up! Not just in your body (that should be a given), but in your mind and your spirit.  Be there… 100 percent (First Cor. 4:2).

3 thoughts on “Seven Things to Take to Church with You”

  1. DO YOU HAVE A PLACE ON THIS SITE THAT YOU PUBLISH YOUR OWN SERMON NOTES? IF NOT YOU SHOULD. YOUR MESSAGES ARE SO ANOINTED. MANY WILL REMEMBER YOU FROM YOUR DAYS AT THE SWORD OF THE LORD NEWSPAPER. I SAY DAYS , YOU WERE THERE FOR 10 YEARS. THE PAPER ENJOYED ITS BEST DAYS WHEN YOU WERE THERE. THIS SITE COULD DO THE SAME THING WITH YOUR LEADERSHIP. THE SWORD IS ONLY A VERY VERY SMALL SHADOW OF WHAT IT WAS WHEN YOU WERE THERE. IF WE MAJOR ON THE LITTLE THINGS , I BELIEVE THAT WE TURN PEOPLE OFF BEFORE WE CAN GET THEM TO JESUS. OUR FOCUS DETERMINES OUR FEELINGS AND OUR FUTURE. IN THESE DAYS LETS ALL KEEP OUR FOCUS ON JESUS.

  2. DR RON :I AM AN EVANGELIST IN COLUMBUS, GA. I PREACHED YOUR MESSAGE 3 TIMES LAST SUNDAY AND THE LORD USED IT EACH TIME. I HAD SEVERAL PEOPLE SAY THAT IS WAS LIKE EVERY BAPTIST CHURCH IN AMERICA PREACHED 50 YEARS AGO. I TOLD THEM IT IS HOW EVERY ONE SHOULD BE PREACHING NOW. I LET THEM ALL KNOW THAT MY PASTOR FROM 38 YEARS AGO WROTE THE MESSAGE AND IS STILL DOING THE SAME THING TODAY THAT HE DID 38 YEARS AGO. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. KEEP PRINTING YOUR NOTES AND YOUR PREACHER BOYS WILL PRAYER OVER THE NOTES , ASK THE LORD TO GIVE US MORE THOUGHTS AND THEN PREACH THEM EVERY WEEKEND UP AND DOWN THE HIGHWAYS OF AMERICA.

  3. Seven Things to take to Church presents a fundanental truth that many church goers have lost. Church atmosphere is now being ruled by secular attitude of competition devoid of godliness. these truths are a reminder that the church is primarily for fellowship, with God and man, in an atmosphere of love and total devotion rooted in obedience.
    Thanks so much for this insight.

    Ayo Ayodele Christ Chapel International Churches, Ojokoro Lagos Nigeria.

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