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Organize your attitude #35

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!” –Psalm 122:1

We’re not meant to do life alone.

We’re not even meant to do life as a single family unit.

We’re meant to live in community and fellowship with a body of believers, regularly, intentionally, and humbly.

Attending church is a way to organize our attitude because at church we confess our sins, worship God, and fellowship with believers.

Go to church to confess sin.

Of course we should confess our sin daily – privately as well as in seeking forgiveness from those we’ve wronged. But a weekly corporate reminder of our need for grace, mercy, and forgiveness on that first day of the week sets the tone for the rest of our week.

Not only do we confess our sins, but we hear the promise of forgiveness and receive the preaching of the gospel.

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? –Romans 10:14

We confess our sins not to remember guilt, but to shed guilt because of Jesus’ righteousness.

There’s no better attitude adjustment to be had than that one.

Go to church to worship God.

Our own daily bad attitudes are so petty. We think too highly of ourselves and our plans.

Sunday reminds us to set those plans and agendas aside and simply stand in awe of Christ and His work for us. It’s a day of rest – rest from our labor, rest from our striving, rest from our sinful ways, rest in Jesus.

It’s a taste of the heavenly rest we will receive in Christ eternally – there we will worship, and here we can worship. 

Just like offering our money to the church and missions reminds us that all our money is God’s, setting aside one day out of seven to worship reminds us that all our time is God’s as well.

The attitude adjustment of worship is not in emotional music or inspiring sermons, but in obedience to worship as prescribed, conforming our thoughts and actions and even schedules to God’s plan instead of our own.

Go to church to fellowship with believers.

The church is called Christ’s bodies – each individually is only one small part, one small part that needs the other parts to function properly. We’re not made to do life alone. We need more than our own family unit, we need the body of Christ.

We need others’ perspectives. We need others’ prayers. We need to be sharpened with the friction of iron on iron. We need to learn what it means to bear with one another and pursue the bond of peace together.

You don’t have to – really, you can’t – change your attitude all on your own by yourself.

The Holy Spirit changes our hearts, and one means He uses to do just that is regular weekly worship as a body of Christ.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. – Hebrews 10:24-25

3 Responses

  1. stefani.mons
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    Does anyone else have trouble fellowshipping at church because everyone is SO BUSY? Whenever I try to schedule get-togethers outside of church time, it seems that everyone’s schedules are jam packed… children and adults alike! Sports, music, dance, after-school programs, Saturday game days, etc. Even church-sponsored functions are often sparsely attended (and have sometimes even been cancelled do to lack of enough participants). As an introvert, it’s hard to reach out, but I spent the past year exerting myself trying to make friends at a new church, but kept coming up empty. (I mean, the people are very nice, but we were pretty much just “Sunday friends.”) It’s very frustrating.

  2. Janet
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    We’ve been faithfully going to church but it pains my heart that the family is split up on Sunday morning. In our church the children are in Sunday school the whole service. If as you say “The attitude adjustment of worship is not in emotional music or inspiring sermons, but in obedience to worship as prescribed, conforming our thoughts and actions and even schedules to God’s plan instead of our own.” Then the same is true for children. They must learn Sunday morning is not a time for fun and games and candy (with a Bible story theme) but that their time and their will is God’s as well.

    Any advice in how to deal with this? We’re in a location without many church options and they all have Sunday school during the service. We get extreme resistance to wanting to have our kids in the service and not Sunday school. Are we crazy for thinking being in the service is more important than Sunday school?!?

    • Stefani
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      You are not crazy! I agree that children–at least by school age–need to be in the service (no judging for little ones in the nursery). That’s a priority for us. We are lucky to be in a metropolitan area, so we have a few options that match our theology (though we currently drive about 30 min for a more formal service). Maybe revisit your options and find the most child-in-service friendly church? It really is the people in the church that make the difference, I think. Our congregation actually doesn’t have many children, but everyone there welcomes children in the service (and we regularly get compliments on our “beautiful” family–not well-behaved, mind you! Haha.).

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