Seek a church that strengthens your faith through praise and thanksgiving

09/10/2013 5:48 PM

09/10/2013 5:48 PM

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: You’re always telling people to go to church, but all the churches I’ve been to are so boring I can’t stand it. You’ll probably tell me just to keep looking, but why should I? Besides that, I enjoy having a day to myself. — K.W.

DEAR K.W.:

Let me ask you a question: What exactly are you seeking in a church? In other words, what would a “good” church be like, in your opinion? What do you hope to get out of it?

I don’t know how you’d answer, but let me suggest how you should answer. First, when we gather with other believers, we should worship God; that is, we should focus on him, and our hearts and minds should be filled with praise and thanksgiving. The center of our faith is Jesus Christ, and when we realize who he is and what he has done for us through his death and resurrection, we can’t help but worship and praise God.

Then we should also come together to learn from God’s Word as it is preached and taught. God wants us to grow stronger in our faith and become more like Christ — and this will happen as we let God’s word take root in our hearts and minds. Ask God to help you focus on the sermon and the reading of the Bible. The Bible says, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Romans 10:17).

Finally, through church we learn from other believers. Don’t just attend the weekly service; seek other opportunities for fellowship with others. Make sure of your commitment to Christ, and then ask him to lead you to a church where you not only won’t be bored, but you’ll grow in your faith.

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