WHAT YOU MISS BY MISSING
Introduction: This morning I looked at faithful church attendance from a rather unusual angle, that of the bad things that you do miss by not missing church.
Tonight I want us to look at GOOD things you DO miss when you miss church.
When Mrs. Duncan and I married in 1995, one of our first decisions was to not miss church. Even when we are on Vacation, we try to attend a Bible Believing Baptist Church. I donít remember what has happened at the services but I do remember is that we GO to church, we GET a SPECIAL blessing, and we realized that EVERY service is important.
Here are a few things you miss anytime that you miss church.
WHEN YOU MISS CHURCH YOU MISS:
I. A MEETING WITH YOUR FAMILY---1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. Matthew 8:21-22 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
The above passage in Matthew is one of the hardest sayings of Jesus. Still, I have grown to despise the choice that many Christians make to devote themselves to the activities of their family members rather than to the service of God and following Him. I literally obeyed the principle of that verse when family members chose to bury my grandmother on Sunday. To attend the funeral I would have had to miss our own church services here. I chose to go to church.
A. You Are A Place In The Family Gathering
B. You Have A Privilege In The Family Gathering
C. You Have A Purpose In The Family Gathering
II. A MESSAGE FROM YOUR FATHER---Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
A. God Has A Definite Message For You
B. God Has A Delegated Message For You
∑ God gives His sheep shepherds.
∑ God doesn't equip me to feed the sheep of other shepherds.
∑ You need to be in YOUR church where God has directed YOUR pastor to preach a PERSONAL message to help YOU!
C. God Has A Demanding Message For You
∑ It calls for a response!
III. A MINISTRY TO YOUR FRIENDS---1 Cor. 12:24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
A. At Church We Bless One Another
B. At Church We Build One Another
C. At Church We Beautify One Another
∑ Cleansing of the body
∑ Caring for the body
∑ It also never ceases to get my attention that someone's visitor finally shows up at church the very service that our member chose to MISS!
IV. A MOVING IN YOUR FELLOWSHIP---Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
It could be that in the church service that you miss, there will beÖ.
A. Conviction Of The Spirit Of God
B. A Conversion Of Sinners
C. A Calling To Service
D. The Coming Of The Savior