Here is a special reflection from Darren Allen:
I have been challenged lately to examine my motivation for going to a church (an assembly of God's people). I’ve had to ask myself a series of questions.
Is the church only at one specific location? No.
Should I only be going to an assembly of GOD's people when I think it's convenient for me? GOD's word says, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, NOT GIVING UP MEETING TOGETHER, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10: 23-25, I added the bold emphasis) So, no, not only when it’s convenient.
Is my particular Church preaching a different gospel (good news) than the one that was given by Christ? In my case, no.
Should I go for the Pastor? No.
Should I go for the people? No.
If I wanted to join a service club, a Men's club, etc., there are lots of them out there and there is nothing wrong with many of them. This is about serving and obedience to GOD though.
Should I go for the music, the seats, the carpet, the outside appearance of the building? No.
Do I like the music? Sometimes yes, sometimes no, but it's about worshiping GOD, not my likes and dislikes.
Should I go for the kids and youth ministry (student ministry)? As a dad of many children, when they were small it was very important that a Church had a good student program, so yes, that's important for a young family.
Do we have good student ministry? Yes.
Can we improve? Most definitely. We can’t stop improving until we have reached all of Amherst!
So why should I attend Church? For GOD. I want to love him with my whole Heart, mind, body and strength. I should go for Him. That should be my motivation.
If God blesses me with a godly pastor, good folks and friends and pleasing music, a comfortable seat, or other luxuries, then I am indeed richly blessed. It's all about Him though, and not about me. I owe God a debt I cannot ever fully repay.
How should I then respond? Out of love and obedience to Christ who died for me.
That’s why I should be attending, serving, giving, loving, worshipping...
Thanks for letting me share.