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To be a mature and effective maker of disciples, be a faithful attender of your church

The Making of a Disciple
The Ingredients of Making a Disciple – Part VII

Scripture Reading: Matthew 16:24-28

Key Verse: Hebrews 10:25 NLT
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

According to one survey, forty million Americans have stopped attending church in the past 25 years. Do you think attending church regularly is an ingredient that goes into making a true disciple of Christ?

If you trust the Bible, as all true disciples do, then the answer must be “yes”:

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:25 NLT)

You should not go to church because the pastor is dynamic, everyone is friendly, or your parents raised you that way. It is great if all those are true, but the Bible says we go to church to encourage other people and for them to encourage us.

I hate to hear people say that the church hurt them deeply. That can happen because all gatherings of people can have an element of rude or critical people. However, we must not give up on all churches because one church hurts us.

We all need a church family, but like all families, realize that sometimes there are disagreements, and people say things that hurt one another. If we are going to have a church family, we cannot insist on that group of people being perfect in all their ways.

Have you heard of a “church hopper”? A church hopper is a person who constantly goes to different churches because they are searching for the perfect church. They may not admit that that is their motivation, but that may be the underlying desire.

Shopping for the church that feels best to you is not wrong, especially when moving to a new area. But at some point, a true disciple settles in and makes a church their family, with all its imperfections.

A Christian can get into heaven without going to church, but a mature and effective disciple-maker is always a faithful attender of a church.

The Bible tells how the first believers gathered to worship and praise God. As the Apostle Paul went from town to town, he started churches so the believers would have a group to encourage and pray for them.

Do not give up on the church; find one and join the family!

Father, help me to encourage other believers. In Jesus’s Name, I pray, amen.