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Shidi Church of Christ

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

 

Can you imagine a child or family member of you not showing up home for quite a while and when he is being asked, “what’s wrong with you?”, replying with all-is-well attitude, “Why should I bother going home?”

Well, something like this attitude has been a trend of attending church services in our place today. It is very unfortunate but it is very undeniable fact for the church goers or professing Christians in our place.

I can still recall that in my childhood days (and till my youth) there used to be almost full attendance in almost every church service (as we conduct four general church services in a week, including Sunday worship – three evening services and Sunday morning service). But now this attendance has gone down to a very few countable numbers though none formally left the church, except the deaths.

In fact now besides Sunday morning services, in other evening services, just countable number of members bother to attend the church services. It seems sometimes even the leading pastor is confused whether the worship should start with those few members or wait for some more to come, since it is unexpected from such a big congregation to have such a minimum number of attendees!

Whatever may be the reason for such decline there is serious need to restoring the religious fervor in our local church. While rebuking the church in Ephesus the Lord said, “…you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works….” (Rev. 2:4b). Could He be saying the same thing to our church today? I believe He is. The Bible is very clear that believers should not forsake the assembling together for worship and edification. One thing Bible believing person must not say is that he or she should not go church services. It is against his or her new identity in Christ Jesus.

The Bible says, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25). The first century Christians did exactly that, “And they (Christians) continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42).  This is what true Christian does and must do in order to grow in Christ.

Therefore, I urge you my dear brothers and sisters let us not have the attitude of ‘why bother attending church services.’ It is not a Christian attitude. It is not an attitude that should come from the mouth/heart of a child of God. True child of God must long always for hours of worshipping and fellowshipping together to glorify God and to edify one another till Jesus comes again.

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About Ati Bosa Yobin

A. B. Yobin is from Shidi village of Arunachal Pradesh. Currently, he is pursuing a Th. M program in Evangelical Theological Seminary, South India.

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