Addicted to something? Go to church.
Have a potty mouth? Go to church.
Workaholic? Go to church.
Parental issues? Go to church.
Hate anyone? Go to church.
Lust struggles? Go to church.
Gossip much? Go to church.
Think you deserve things? Go to church.
These commandments are for believers who know they are saved through Jesus and already alive and active in the body of Christ. Struggling in your sins, dear believer? Go to church. We’ll meet you there—the end.
However, going to church doesn’t save people. Jesus saves people. Jesus didn’t show us how to build a church. He showed us how to build his church.
“In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” (Ephesians 2:21,22).
The next time an unchurched someone gets enough courage to open up, let us love them enough by bringing the church to them. This is a God-given opportunity where nothing will be wasted. May we allow the relationship to unfold with the courage of our conviction in God’s love for sinners just like us.
Then invite them to church to receive the means of God’s grace. It’s a place committed to encouragement and education in the Word and a retreat for nurturing one another in Christ. Go to church together.