Why bother coming to church?

Friends, whether this is your first time at TAC (welcome!) or you’ve been coming for years, it’s so great that you’re here today to join with us as we gather together to meet with the living God!

In our hyper-individualistic consumeristic society, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking about church only in terms of how it benefits me. This approach readily justifies skipping church when we’re tired or busy, or if there’s something more interesting on. In extreme cases this consumer-driven approach to church can lead to ‘church-shopping’ where a Christian moves around churches, only remaining in one place while their explicit lists of needs are being met: great preaching, good music, excellent age-specific ministries, enthusiastic evangelism …

While it is important for you to be grown, and encouraged in your private faith, faith is never only an individual experience in the Bible. Instead, faith is to be lived out in the community of believers – the church (with all its imperfections and failings!). As we meet together week by week, we encourage and spur one another on in faith, commending the power of the gospel to unbelievers through our love and unity (John 13:35; 17:21), and importantly, in light of our current sermon series, we remind each other of the essential truth we believe.

Friends, can I encourage you, in line with Hebrews 10:24-25, to prioritise our weekly gathering so that you might be an encouragement to your brothers and sisters in the faith?

Kate Hamer