Because of the inspiring music? Impactful preaching? Exciting children’s program? If we go to church in hopes of “getting something out of it”, then we become consumers and church becomes a product. Churches segment and market around personal taste and affinity. Not very compelling, is it?
Some people go to church to get something: feel-good music, interesting sermons, or an exciting children’s program. They evaluate church based on what they “get out of it”. This turns church into a product to be distributed, used, and discarded. This attitude turns Christians into consumers.
God is shrunk into a personal-need provider, and the glue holding his people together is mere taste and self-interest.
Go to church because it is the body of Christ. Jesus is Lord over all things. He is ruling over the whole world. If we want Jesus to be our “head,” we must be members of his body – the church.
Go to church to be in the real presence of Jesus. The life of Christ and his Kingdom become clearly evident when we gather around the Lord’s Table, practice reconciliation, proclaim the Gospel, love the “least of these,” affirm each others’ gifts, and prayerfully submit our lives and neighborhoods.
Go to church to be sent out. When we encounter the presence of Christ, we are transformed into worshippers and witnesses. From there we carry the presence of Christ out into our families, workplaces, and neighborhood.
Ultimately, church is not something we go to (like a building), it’s something we belong to and participate in – like a family. At Church of the Shepherd we are a family committed to each other and to Jesus, the Head of our household. When we assemble for worship, his message is preached, his Spirit is present, and his people are restored, healed, and gradually conformed into his likeness. We invite you to participate and allow the Holy Spirit to form your life.