The apostle Paul stated in Romans 1:11 "For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift, so that you may be established."
I find it amazing that Paul wanted to renew or strengthen the faith of others by imparting some spiritual gift." I believe when we come to church that the Holy Spirit is ready and willing to impart something to us as well. When we gather, why do we gather? Is it just a time to “shoot the breeze," or do we come in order to encourage and edify others? Are we interested in seeing people grow stronger in the faith of Christ?
One unknown poet quipped,
Some go to church just for a walk
Some go to church to laugh and talk
Some go there the time to spend
Some go there for speculation
Some go there for observation
Some go there to doze and nod
Some, how few, to worship God.
So how do I prepare to go to church? I prepare by spending time with God in worship, and then when I arrive at church I’m there to impart the work of the Holy Spirit to each one of you through His grace. The important thing is, I prepare!
Someone wrote the following clever poem, which I think aptly describes a real picture of the church.
The Perfect Church we are NOT.
I think that I shall never see
A Church that's all it ought to be:
A Church whose members never stray
Beyond the straight and Narrow Way;
A Church that has no empty pews,
Whose Pastor never has the blues;
A Church whose deacons always deak,
And none is proud, and all are meak;
Where gossips never peddle lies,
Or make complaints or criticize;
Where all are always sweet and kind,
And all to other's faults are blind.
Such perfect Churches there may be,
But none of them are known to me.
But still, we'll work, and pray and plan
To make our own the best we can.
So how can we build the church and make her better? By ministering to one another! Let’s spend time in the coming weeks prayerfully considering how we might put one another’s needs first!
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