Monday, July 8, 2013

Acceptable?

Yesterday, I mentioned on Life with Lynnie (LwL) that being SONday, it was a great day to worship God.  And, it truly was.

Not wanting to drive very far, I went to worship at a church close to home. 

I've been there, before.  In fact, some of my single friends worship, there.

Although I didn't see many people I knew, I did see a few.  One female friend and I decided to sit together. 

That only lasted a short time. 

It was so warm in the sanctuary, that she felt the need to go open the doors leading to the hallway, and sit there.  You see, it was actually cooler in the hallway.

Apparently, many people thanked her later, for doing this.  The cool air filtered into where everyone was seated.  Personally, I was happy, also!

I believe the reason it was warmer than normal in the sanctuary, might possibly be due to the fact that the pastor/minister was away on vacation.  It's possible that he arrives earlier than some other people and begins the cooling process early enough that by the time the worship service begins, it's a comfortable temperature, there.

Of course, it is also possible that for some reason, the timing of the system was not correct.

In any case, by the time we approached the end of the service, the temperature was more acceptable.  Along with many other people, I was thankful for this!

One reason was that being the first (1st) Sunday of the month, the service would be longer than normal.  It was Communion Sunday.

Even though I feel comfortable with some of those worshipping, I have not always felt comfortable with the preaching.  The pastor seems nice enough.  And, his sermons seem fine.

But, there is something missing.  A gospel message.

Since the pastor was away on vacation, another preacher filled the gap.  I found his sermon to be really good.  And, I thought for sure that I would hear a gospel message preached before the end of the service.

I was wrong.  I didn't.

Please don't be confused.  I realize that Sunday worship services are meant to be for believers who wish to worship and honour God.

However, how many times have you heard someone say that until they worshipped with a particular church group, that they had never heard a gospel message preached? 

If you're like me, you've heard this fairly often.  Especially, from people who have said that after many years of being religious, they finally became truly saved and began a relationship with Jesus, after realizing that they needed to be not just knowing about Him, but trusting in Him, for their salvation. 

Or, in other words, they heard the gospel message.

Besides, our churches are not filled with only people who want to worship God.  For sure, only He knows how many people were attending a service at a church, for the first time.  Or, were attending only to make happy a friend or relative who invited them.

It breaks my heart that not every church's pastor/minister preaches a gospel message.  I actually believe it is disobedient to not preach a gospel message.  Why? 

Because God told us in Mark 16:15, "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."

It amazes me how many preachers don't abide by what God commanded.  I have to wonder if this is truly acceptable or not.

After all, He didn't say to go out into the world, everywhere OTHER than where you live, and preach the gospel.  He said to preach the gospel to EVERY creature!

Does this apply to only missionaries?  No!  This applies to every believer.  Including our Christian pastors/preachers/teachers.

This means that even in our home churches, the gospel is supposed to be preached.  So all can hear it.

I must admit, that even though I enjoyed the service itself, I have come to the conclusion that I cannot become a member, and worship there, always.  It just doesn't feel acceptable to me that a gospel message is not being preached, there.

It's sad.  Especially, since I feel comfy there, with so many people.

But, I know God will provide the right place for me.  In His time.


Until next time...

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