Can your church count on you?

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Character and integrity”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Can your church count on you?”
 
Can your church count on you to be there when the church meets for Bible study, worship, prayer, or special events? Can they count on you to faithfully serve in the church in some way? Can they count on you to sacrificially give financial gifts to help support the work of the church? Can your church count on you?
 
Sadly, more and more these days the answer to that question is “no”, the church can no longer count on people to be there, to participate, and to support financially. We’re living today in what is being called “a post-Christian society”. In other words, a majority of the population no longer attends church on a regular basis, and Biblical values are having less influence on cultural thinking than in the past.
 
Consequently, our churches are struggling in many ways. In addition to the overall societal loss of interest in Christianity and in Biblical values, and the corresponding decrease in attendance and participation from that, most churches have also never fully recovered from the impact of the pandemic. The average church in the USA today is still at about 70% of pre-pandemic levels in terms of attendance and participation in ministry activities.
 
All of this adds up to churches across the land that are struggling. Therefore, it’s more important than ever for those who still value church life and who conform to Biblical values to be even more faithful. It’s essential for the remaining 70% to prioritize church life and to double-down on their resolve and their commitment to support the work of their church. Now more than ever our society needs the churches in their communities to be strong and to be faithful.
 
An increasingly important measure of godly character and integrity in our day is the resolve a person has to be there for their church. Can your church count on you? I encourage you to prove it by being there.
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim  
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