Often problems are not a good thing but we had one last Sabbath that brought me joy. I had someone come up to me before second service and comment that they had a hard time finding a parking space and had to wait for someone to leave. I wasn’t sure if I believed them but sure enough, when I looked at the parking lot it was full. I love it when the family is all together! I hope we keeping having this problem and we have to come up with a solution.
I’m going to admit something to you. I get jealous on Wednesdays. Often on Wednesdays I drive past other churches and see their parking lots full from their mid-week small groups and prayer meetings. We cancelled our prayer meeting a while ago because we usually had so few people showing up.
I would like to see prayer meeting make a come back and I would also like to see small groups thriving at our church. In large churches it is far to easy to be disconnected, if you are not a part of a small group. Over the next several Sabbaths our sermons are going to focus on small groups. Start prayerfully considering now whether God is calling you to lead a small group or be a part of one.
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT)
I heard a joke a while ago about a man who quit attending church. When his pastor visited to find out why he was not attending the man complained, “Honestly preacher, I can’t remember a single sermon you ever preached.” The preacher nodded his head and then asked, “What did you have for supper on the second Tuesday of last month?” The man grunted that he didn’t know to which the preacher said, “Just because you can’t remember doesn’t mean that it didn’t give you what you needed to be sustained.”
Being a part of the body of Christ, “the church,” is an absolute mandate of Christianity. When two or three are gathered together in Jesus name He promises to be there (Matthew 18:20). I want to encourage you to be sustained not merely by sermons or music but by being connected to the body of Christ. Over the next several weeks as we talk about small groups I pray you will desire to be even more deeply connected.
Don’t forget to live our mission statement to love God, love people, and serve the world!