Our Attitude: To The Church
Give no offence, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God,
1 Corinthians 10:32
Christians should be respectful people. We should be kind and considerate, not just to our friends and family, but to everyone around us. We need to be respectful and submissive to our Father and to our Saviour. It is also important that we are respectful of the church. We must not be offensive to or ashamed of it.
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Christ’s church is important and our fellowship with Him and with our fellow Christians is required. We are warned not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. When we miss out on services, we miss out on some wonderful time for growth and guidance. The assembly is a place for encouragement, teaching, and spiritual revitalization.
“I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”
As we gather into one another’s presence and into Christ’s presence (Matthew 18:20), we receive a grand opportunity to speak to one another of God and His will. We can declare His name and sing songs of praise to Him. It is a magnificent celebration of being a child of God, having been saved by Christ’s sacrifice.
Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.
1 Corinthians 14:12
We must be respectful of the church, as well as cooperative and helpful, wanting to help one another within the assembly. There should also be a willingness to edify the church - to cause it to grow. Growth can come from both growing in numbers and from the growth of the members already present. Let our attitude be positive towards the church.
-- John Thrower Jr.