Don't go to church if you don't like people. Church is full of them! Filled with all kinds of messy and broken people - but you know what? -you are no different.
Don't go to church if you like comfort - Going to church will shake up your life - if it isn't doing that, then I recommend that you find another church.
Don't go to church if like the way you are - God wants to change you...conform and transform you more and more into the image of Jesus.
Don't go to church if you want to hold onto your money - Because fundamentally it ain't yours anyway.
Don't go to church if you want to remain anonymous - Going to church isn't like enlisting in the witness protection program - you can't hide.
Don't go to church because they may ask you to serve in some role. I mean, isn't it more intelligently stimulating to sit on couch eating nachos and watch Simpsons re-runs?
Don't go to church because we all know that they are full of hypocrites - But who isn't? Thank God for Jesus and the cross!
from Brady Boyd, via:
1. Sheep bites can’t kill me, but the gnawing will make life miserable a few days each year.
2. No matter how hard I try, I will always be tempted to measure my success by attendance numbers.
3. The best thing I can do to build and grow God’s kingdom is to be myself and not compare myself to others.
4. It takes a long time to become old friends so nurture and cherish the old friendships God has given me.
5. I will only have as much spiritual authority as I am willing to submit to myself. Independence will destroy me but there is power in submission.
6. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Challenge people to go deeper even when the message is unpopular.
7. My brain will always feel like scrambled eggs on Sunday afternoon so don’t make any major decisions until Tuesday morning.
8. Some people will only trust you after a really long time of proving yourself and another group will never trust you no matter what you do.
9. Don’t feel guilty about taking a Sabbath. It was not a suggestion.
10. I will never regret spending time with my family instead of saying yes to a church meeting that someone else could lead.
Top 13 Reasons that Unchurched People Choose a Church
(research conducted by Ranier in his book Surprising Insights of the Unchurched, p. 18)
90% – Pastor/Preaching
88% – Doctrines
49% – Friendliness of Members
42% – Other Issues
41% – Someone Church Witnessed to Me
38% – Family Member
37% – Sensed God’s Presence/Atmosphere of Church
25% – Relationship Other than Family Member
25% – Sunday School Class
25% – Children’s/Youth Ministry
12% – Other Groups/Ministries
11% – Worship Style/Music
7% – Location
Top 9 Reasons that Church-Attenders Choose a Church
(research conducted by the Barna Group in 1999)
58% – Doctrine/Theology
53% – People Caring for Each Other
52% – Preaching
45% – Friendliness
45% – Children’s Programs
43% – Helping the Poor
36% – Denomination
35% – Like the Pastor
26% – Sunday School