Sure, there are church camps and Vacation Bible Schools and even tent meetings, but summer is the season for slackening one spiritual strengthening exercise: regular church attendance.
Or maybe that’s only at St. Helens Baptist Church. Maybe families don’t go on vacation for weeks at a time where you live and worship. Maybe there are summer baseball and softball tournaments over the weekends. If that’s the case, members at your church don’t have the usual distractions.
So does church attendance drop where you worship?
And is this truly a sign of a slack in the spiritual lives of these people?
I wish I had the answers, but I don’t. As you can see, there are more questions here than facts.
Spiritual strength comes from three things:
- Time reading, studying and meditating on the Word of God
- Prayer, supplication and quiet reflection at the feet of Jesus
- Facing the hard times without giving up on God
So, none of these have anything to do with church attendance. Or do they?
Church is the place where Jesus put His name. He built it for humans so they could meet together and study scripture, pray, fellowship and be encouraged to fight the fight. Because while Jesus went to Heaven, his enemy stayed right here on Earth.
Yes, the Old Serpent is the prince and power of the air in the physical realm. Eventually, King Jesus will take that title back. But for now, Satan prowls around looking for spiritually weak people to devour (1 Peter 5:8).
If Jesus paid for the church with His precious blood (Acts 20:28), then it must be an important part of his Kingdom plan.
Church strengthens in the spirit of a believer (if they attend with a receptive heart). Here are five things that you might need strengthened that church will help with:
- Humility (if worshiping the Almighty doesn’t humble you, nothing will)
- Knowledge (plenty of scripture presented and expounded)
- Love (Hebrews 10:24)
- Resolve to work for Christ (Hebrews 10:24)
- Family ties (with our brothers and sisters in Christ at church)
What are your thoughts? Do you think spirituality slips in the summer? Or is the fall of church attendance an indicator of something else?
Up next week: The Freedom of Summer