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“My View of the Pews”

How to Come to Church—By Tim Becker, Discipleship Pastor, First Baptist Church, Medford, Wisconsin

Have you ever arrived at church on a Sunday morning with an attitude that stinks?  I have.  If this has happened to you, I’ll bet you too have experienced the negative pull it has on your worship time.  Instead of coming with ears open to hearing from Jesus, you come with plugs in your ears.  And then you leave the worship service pretty unengaged, unchanged, and maybe thinking how boring and irrelevant it was.

I have long enjoyed learning new things.  So guess how I evaluated the preaching?  If the pastor told me something I never heard before, then the sermon was great.  If not, then I wasn’t so excited.  Worse, I would tune out until I heard something new.  When the preacher would bring up sin and hell and Jesus on the cross and faith in Christ then I had this little switch for my brain and ears that I would flip off.  I would immediately tell myself that this part of the sermon wasn’t for me, but was for someone else.

I would stop listening until the sermon would get back to what I would think of as the “meat” and leave the lighter fare to the others who needed that.  I hope you hear my arrogance.

Bad.  Sinful.  I sure wasn’t following the apostle Paul who gloried in the gospel every time he wrote of it.  Paul never appeared bored with the gospel message (sin, hell, cross, faith) and never even implied that it was beneath him.  I’m now convinced that my spiritual growth was stunted because I wrongly thought of new-to-me truths as meat and gospel truths as lighter fare not worth my chewing and swallowing once again.

So brothers and sisters, I hope you will learn from my mistakes about how to come to church.  First, strive to keep the peace on Sunday morning with those you live with so that your emotions aren’t spoiled for worship.  

Second, get yourself to sleep at a good hour on Saturday night so that you won’t be too tired to follow the preaching of God’s word from your pastor.  Third, evaluate your pastor’s sermons not by their novelty, but by their faithfulness to the Scriptures; especially prize the retelling of the gospel as the best meat for your soul.

See you in church!

Pastor Bruce