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November 30, 2012, 9:16 AM

Why bother with church?

I went to a college football game the other day.  As I wedged myself into the 18 inches to which my ticket entitled me, I felt a surge of adrenaline.  As the game went on, I found myself talking to the people around me as though we were old friends.  As our team played, I gave high fives to people whose names I still don’t know.  The only person in the entire stadium I knew by name was my Dad sitting next to me, but for those four hours I felt a connection with the other 85,000 in attendance that is difficult to explain if you haven’t experienced it yourself.

I also got sunburned that day . . . and rained on.  At one point, I thought I might pass out from dehydration.  Around that time, I began to ask myself why I didn’t just watch the game on television at home.  Then some fans started the wave, and I remembered why I came.  The connection I felt to the other fans on that day is vastly superior to watching a game on television, but that connection is based solely on our loyalty to a certain team.  How much more should we desire to connect with people who love the same Lord? How much more powerful is the connection I have with people who know my name and care for my children?  The whole experience reminds me why I love God’s church so much.  Our meetings are more than just a time to hear from God’s Word; it is an opportunity to belong.  It is a body of people who are on the same journey of faith.  When we gather for worship, there is no better place to find that kind of connection.  If you call yourself a follower of Christ, let me urge you to find your place among His people.  Let us care for you in a way no stadium full of strangers can.        

"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

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