Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Let me first say that if you are reading this and you are one of the people who has given up meeting together in any church, shame on you. Now if that convicts you of your guilt, please also remember that you have been forgiven through the work of Jesus’ atonement for you on the cross. Now you should really get back to church for your own sake as well as others for you are a part of a community much larger than where you reside.
We come to worship as a community to encourage one another. We want to do this so that we can continue the work that God has set before us to do. Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. And there is plenty to do.
We need to bring Christ to our community, here at Saint Paul and at home where we live. We need to tell the story of Jesus. We need to bring his forgiveness and love to all. And we are always asking how. We have talked about this before, but I really believe that we need to have it repeated every once in a while. Why? Because it’s hard to know when is the right time to talk about Jesus to people who do not go to church and do not desire to go.
And so let us go back to some training that a few people from our church had when the Lutheran Hour Ministries “Equipping to Share” came here. They said that the best way to spread the word is to get to know the people who live around you. Sit outside your home in the cool of the evening on your front porch and wave to all who walk by. Or go for a walk and wave at the people sitting on their porches. They will eventually greet you if not right away. And with that there is a start to a relationship. They may eventually ask you about our church. This is the moment you can invite them to join us. Be sure to be here on the same day as they say they will come because they will be looking for you. This is what our community is all about. Building relationships with others to bring them to Christ.
How about if you live in an area where there are few homes, like southern Porter County. Well then, greet the people you meet when you go to the store, or when you are involved with other people. Get to know them. And just like above, eventually you will have an opportunity to pray for them, invite them to church, and worship with them. By the way, people will go to a church where they have been invited.
And remember to keep meeting together. The author of Hebrews tells us it is to encourage one another. We need encouragement to carry on. We need encouragement to build the body of Christ. God grant it to our church.