People attend church for a lot of different reasons.
Some people attend because of habit. It’s what they do on Sunday. They have been going for a long time and they will continue to go.
Some people attend from obligation. They might do it from an obligation they feel to God. They might do it from an obligation they feel to a family member. They might have a ministry they are involved with and the commitment to that ministry brings them to church.
Some people attend for social reasons. They look forward to the fellowship and the people they will see. Some people attend to worship and hear from God. Some people’s kids drag them to Promise Church because kidz church is fun.
None of these are bad reasons to attend church.
Regardless of the reason or reasons that you come to church, I pray that you come with great anticipation that God will meet you here and do something in your life. God is in our services, and you should come with faith and expectation that God will meet you. Honestly, even if the worship is off or the sermon was a bit boring, if you come with an attitude of faith and expectancy, you will still walk away with a great experience.
The Bible tells the story of a woman who came with the expectation that she could touch Jesus’ clothing and be healed. She didn’t want to talk to him. She didn’t want to bother him, but she knew that if she touched his clothing, she would be healed. And she was. There was nothing special about Jesus’s clothing since lots of people were touching him and nothing happened to them. There was something special about her faith and Jesus said she is an example for us.
If you come to church expecting the church to change you, you are missing the greatest mechanism for change in your life: your faith.
When you remove faith and expectancy from your church attendance, you become a church shopper. You come with the expectation that church will do something for you. And it’s true that we at Promise Church want to serve you, get to know you, and connect you with God. We pray for an environment where God changes people’s lives. Yet, the greatest tool for you connecting to God is not the quality of our church or its ministries, but the depth of your faith. So come expecting!