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Don't Give Up Meeting Together
Don’t Give Up Meeting Together
Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds
Let us not give up meeting together,
as some are in the habit of doing,
but let us encourage one another.
-- Hebrews 10:24-25
The single most revealing measurement of a congregation’s health and spiritual vitality? Attendance at worship. That’s why the attendance number is reported every week by our churches on the Conference Dashboard.
That’s why I and the Cabinet have set for ourselves a goal of 4% increase in attendance in our churches in 2009. Church attendance among Christians in
“Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing,” says the writer of the Hebrews
It’s also a reminder of how important it is to be together
Who is a Christian? Someone who has not given up meeting together. That’s not all that needs to be said about Christianity, but down through the ages we have no record of a single faithful disciple who refuses to gather with other fellow believers.
“That we may spur one another to good deeds
“I didn’t get anything out of your sermon,” says someone emerging from church
Most of us learn that the supreme test of worship is not what I get out of it but also what my neighbor got out of it
One reason why people may avoid Sunday meetings together is that it is so much easier to be vaguely spiritual, to cling to your cherished notions, and misconceptions when you have no fellow Christians to challenge and “spur one another
All over our Conference, in churches large and small, this Sunday about 100,000 of us North Alabama Methodists will convene
What are the attendance patterns at your church? Click on “Church Stats” on the NAC website and you can see a picture of your church’s faithfulness.