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Offline John

Church attendance
« on: December 10, 2018, 07:40:02 PM »

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Should we attend church, where does it say that attendance twice on Sunday is the norm?

Does it matter?

What attitude should we have?

For me I believe the bible teaches reqular attendance at church, even when that church is not biblical.
Interestingly Jesus is recorded as attending the synagog, as is Paul.

From more resent times Duncan Campbell attended faithfully a 'dead' local church, andtravelled to a 'life' fellowship where his spiritual needs were met. As he records years later his faithfull attendance contributed to the conversion of the minister.

This is another view:-
https://www.christianpost.com/voice/4-key-attitudes-that-are-killing-church-attendance.html
https://www.christianpost.com/voice/4-key-attitudes-that-are-killing-church-attendance.html



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Offline Tes Johnson

Re: Church attendance
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2018, 12:20:02 AM »
Is'nt the argument.... "I do what I do because of what God has done or as a result a of being a Christian [or God's Grace to me]

Rather than "I go to Church and do good things ... which makes  me - Christian"....  ?

The argument breaks down - when someone is born again or becomes a new person and then strays away...

"Does not convey the evidence [of what had/has happened]

Often the evidence is more apparent  the person concerned - rather to those around them..

Where they can condemn themselves/blame/..

This produces a circle of "I used to have faith"  - or got trapped by the world" etc...

Or those coming from non Christian backgrounds begin to deal with the past and find the future repeats itself.. [even in their new life]


Rejection is a big one - and I sometimes wish "excommunication was never inspired by the Holy Spirit and put into scripture [but it must be - to protect communities]... but obviously "it can be misused - as Churches/communities/  have their own politics..

It is only a ban from a building/ and although they can simply leave a join another "community building and hence the local community] a person can feel rejected from all...

I have seen people rejected [now using this word instead of excommunnicated] I went through this myself while being nurtured up - in my early days.. as a New person.. [then]



Anyway off topic



I suppose the question is [coming from another view] do all Church goers belong to God ?

Remember - that the enemy - also visits ... and interferes..

he/the hordes/  are Church goer's.. also.

As the enemies of God came up agaisnt Jesus - as He was lead to the Cross.... [family/community/friends/..

Rejection...














Offline francis drake

Re: Church attendance
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2018, 10:21:02 PM »
Should we attend church, where does it say that attendance twice on Sunday is the norm?

Does it matter?

What attitude should we have?

For me I believe the bible teaches reqular attendance at church, even when that church is not biblical.
Interestingly Jesus is recorded as attending the synagog, as is Paul.

From more resent times Duncan Campbell attended faithfully a 'dead' local church, andtravelled to a 'life' fellowship where his spiritual needs were met. As he records years later his faithfull attendance contributed to the conversion of the minister.

This is another view:-
https://www.christianpost.com/voice/4-key-attitudes-that-are-killing-church-attendance.html
Stopped going to church over 10 years ago, and love every minute since then of that freedom in Christ.

As far as I am concerned, the institution called church has nothing to do with what God ordained. In fact the church gives the worst representation possible of what living for Christ is about.

Church teaches people to look to man rather than God.
Church stands rebuked by Paul's teachings
Church does not encourage people to hear and obey the Lord directly, it encourages them to suckle at the tit of the leaders.
Church might have some redeeming features, but all too often, it does what the Pharisees did, and tramples underfoot those who stand slightly out of line.
https://www.christianpost.com/voice/4-key-attitudes-that-are-killing-church-attendance.html
Disturb us Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves. When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little. When we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us Lord, to dare more boldly. To venture on wider seas. Where storms will show your mastery; Where, losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; And to push into the future, in strength, courage, hope and love.                     (SIR FRANCIS DRAKE 1577)

Offline davetaff

Re: Church attendance
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2018, 10:46:36 AM »
Hi
Of course there is only one church and that's the body of Christ so it does not matter where we are or what day it is we are always in church and should act accordingly.

Love and Peace
Dave

Offline Guardian

Re: Church attendance
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2018, 10:25:42 AM »
Yes good topic
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Offline davetaff

Re: Church attendance
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2018, 01:05:25 PM »
Hi
To expand on my previous post let us look at this verse from St paul.

. 2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people         

So I believe that the true church of Christ is not any building made by man but is a spiritual building built up of believers from all denominations.
Love and Peace
Dave

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