Church is not just something “We do”

Hebrews 10:1-10: One thing in worship that we have to be careful of is repetition.  You know, doing the same thing repeatedly and allowing the worship to lose its meaning. I am not saying that churches should not offer communion, should not sing, should not have a sermon; I am saying that as individuals, we have to be wary of losing the meaning of what is going on at the worship service.  Just yesterday at church as the communion was being served; I realized that this is becoming something I just do.  I am not focusing on the reason for communion. I am glad that my church offers communion at every service. That way if I miss a service, I know it will be there the next time.  We do it so we do not forget that Jesus sacrificed himself as a Holy Offering for our sins, In order that we may have eternal life. We do it to remember that Jesus told his disciples that it represents his body and the wine represents His blood. It also says by His stripes we are healed.  It is so vital that we do not become like the Jews in this passage, doing the same thing over and over again because it is required. It takes a conscious effort!  Every time we sing in church we need to remember we are singing praises to God. We are offering a sacrifice to the living God. When we are listening to the sermon we are listening because when we pay attention somehow miraculously, the Holy Spirit speaks through the pastor. Every single Sunday, if we focus on Jesus, the pastor will introduce a new thought.  Something to give us thought throughout the week something to help us Grow as Christians. Every communion is done to convict us each week that Jesus died for our sins, and we are blessed because He is our Savior.  Never allow church to be something that you do once a week. It is there to help feed our souls. Of course one day one hour a week is not enough, but one day one hour a week is enough for us to realize we are not alone. There are others just like us all over the place. Others struggling to walk with Christ, to show His love to the world, to be Lights for the world.

 

1The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:

“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,     but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings     you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—     I have come to do your will, my God.’”

First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

 

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