A 40-Day Faith Challenge
Jesus tells us in Matthew 17:20, that faith the size of a tiny mustard seed is powerful. So, let's plant those seeds and reap the harvest.
The Seed: God's Word
Cleansing Rain: A Reflection on God's Word
Some interesting statistics to consider (from Gallup):
In 2021: 69% of Americans identified as Christians yet only 49% said religion is very important in their life and only 29% reported to have been to church in the past week.
The big takeaway: many of us say we are abiding in Christ, but clearly we are not walking like Him. Our walk doesn’t match the talk. Some might even say we are acting more like hypocrites than like Jesus. (Ouch!)
I understand you don’t have to go to church to be Christian. But again, that seems like one of those things people like to say to justify doing what they want to do instead of what God wants them to do. The church is made of people, not walls. And belonging to a church is belonging to a community of believers that are supposed to instruct and support each other. It is a people who pray for one another, share Christ’s love with the world and with each other, and yes, forgive one another. Most importantly, it is a collective group of believers worshipping God, singing His praises, and offering their time, talents, and treasures to further His kingdom.
The church is not an invention of man. It is a command of God for our benefit. Jesus met, taught, and prayed in the temple. We too should walk in His manner.
Taking Root: Questions to Help You Dig Deeper
SonShine: Shining the Light of Jesus
Daily Sprinkle: A Prayer to Say Throughout the Day
Going to church doesn't save us, but it does help strengthen our faith. At church we have the opportunity to:
Worship God with fellow believers.
Serve other Christians, our community, and neighbors we don't even know.
Learn from more mature disciples.
Share our faith with those young in the faith.
Pray for each other.
Dig into God's Word.
Partake in the Lord's Supper.
Find comfort in the traditions of the church.
Follow in Christ's footsteps.
Church is a gift from God. Let's not treat it as an obligation but as a faithful and joyful act of obedience to God's will.