Sunday, January 27, 2008

"I don't need to go to church to be spiritual"

I usually hear this explanation when asked to perform a wedding for someone who doesn't attend church. If you can worship God outside of church, how exactly do you do it?
  • How much time do you spend weekly in prayer?
  • How often do you read the Bible?
  • What kind of religious education program are you pursuing?
  • What religious training are you providing your children?
  • What religious fellowship activities are you involved in?
  • How often do you sing God's praises?
  • What are you giving to God in terms of your time, talent, & treasure?
  • How often do you share your faith with others?
  • What kinds of social ministries are you assisting?
  • How many hurting people do you comfort and encourage?
  • How do you remember Christ's sacrificial death without Holy Communion?
  • What do you do with the holy seasons of the year (Lent, Advent, etc)?
  • Who do you call on when hospitalized or in need of counsel?
  • How conscious of God are you in times of solitude?
  • Do you really focus on God when your enjoying some natural setting, or do you merely relax, enjoying the scenery?
  • Is recreation an act of worship, or is it focused on your own comfort?

"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--and all the more as you see the Day approaching" (Hebrews 10:24-25).

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