Why don't people come to church?
Ask any group in your church: "Why do people not come to worship? What keeps people away from church?" You might hear: "We need a better youth program." "We have to have a different style of worship service." "We need to advertise." "If only we had a nursery for young children." The rallying cries will begin.
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#1 Nov 24, 2012
The church has only one draw -- the Gospel. If the pastor loves the Gospel and preaches it clearly and passionately and the people love hearing the Gospel and let it show, the church will be strong.
Add to that, a pastor who visits his people before they "need" it, but to reinforce a mutual love for the Gospel with them, and you have a recipe for success.
Programs can be added -- if they reinforce the Gospel. Social programs and parish programs should only be done if they can serve the Gospel.
A busy congregation is not necessarily a strong congregation or a growing congregation. Quite often, being busy with other things is an excuse for not strengthening the church with the Gospel and reaching out others with the gospel.
#2 Nov 25, 2012
Going to Church doesn't make you a true Christian, neither does belonging to any religious organization, even if they use the name of the true God of the Bible.
Bible prophecy for the last days says men would have a form of godly devotion, but proving false to it's power, and the love of the greater number will cool off, men would love pleasure more than they love God.
Gathering together for spiritual feeding of God's word is going to strenghthen your faith, unless you have strong faith in Almighty God Jehovah's promises of a new world of righteousness, and being in association with fellow believers to build up and encourage each other; you will not survive the end of this world.
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