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Attendance is not an Option

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Attendance is not an Option  

 
Dear Precious Saints of MBC,
 
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's Day.   
 
Recently, Christianity Today had an article detailing the beliefs of "Evangelical Christians" in America. The study, conducted by Ligonier Ministries wanted to know what Americans "believe about God, salvation, ethics, and the Bible."
 
The results revealed some alarming trends. For instance, according to the survey, "Overall, US adults appear to have a superficial attachment to well-known Christian beliefs. A majority agreed that Jesus died on the cross for sin and that he rose from the dead."
 
"However, they rejected the Bible's teaching on (1) the gravity of man's sin, (2) the importance of the church's gathering together for worship, and (3) the Holy Spirit."
 
Additionally, a majority of US adults (58%) said that worshiping alone or with one's family is a valid replacement for regularly attending church. Only 30 percent disagree.
 
I find that disturbing. No wonder people are so confused.
 
For the committed, growing, mature Christian, Church is not an option, but an essential part of growing in your walk with God.
 
The writer of the book of Hebrews said clearly, we are not to "forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching (Hebrews 10:25)."
 
This coming Sunday, remember, we need you here to encourage others and stir each other up to be loving and do good works.
 
See you this Sunday,
 
In the light of His glory and grace,
 
Pastor Doug