May 1, 2019
A few years ago I recall sitting in the church pews in a grouchy mood. I didn’t like the music, I didn’t like the sermon, and I didn’t want to be there. Can you relate? Later, reading through the book of Hebrews, I came across this passage: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (10:24–25). I realized that my church was not my problem. I was my problem. When we approach church selfishly, we’ll inevitably end up frustrated. I had treated church like I treated shopping—looking for things tailored to my taste. You know, making it all about “me.”When we approach church properly, remembering that it’s about orienting our hearts toward God and our hands and feet toward others, we will enjoy the experience and grow in maturity. Here are the top five ways to get more out of your church experience.