Otherwise, why meet together?
To get entertained? The world does that better.
To teach you life skills? The world does that better.
To occupy some of your time? The world does that better.
If a church does not focus on clearly teaching the Bible, what’s the point? That’s one of the main purposes of church. The early church did it right in Acts 2:
And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers… And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart. Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
They focused on doctrine, fellowshipped together (hung out!) and praised God. In unity. They loved God, loved His Word (doctrine), and loved each other (fellowship). That’s a healthy church that is others-focused.
So when we’re ME-focused and inward-focused, we don’t care about others. We don’t care about doctrine. We don’t care about praying.
Some churches lose the main emphasis of church, and think that the church’s goal is to please everyone who comes, as if the church has this “All-new Gospel in shiny redesigned packaging” for sale.
Nothing’s for sale here.
In fact, if you’re saved, YOU have been bought, and you are not your own. Therefore, glorify GOD in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Cor. 6) In my opinion, ALL churches should be places that remind people that God is the One to be pleased—not us.
Please HIM today.
– Bro. Ryan