“We Need Community”
It is well documented that the trend for the millennial generation and younger is that they don’t value going to church as much as previous generations. Notice I didn’t say they necessarily don’t believe in God; they just aren’t physically coming to church. So what is the cause of this trend? Is it the ease and accessibility to get wonderful sermons and worship music streamed right to your phone or computer? Is it the busyness of life has made it exhausting to get up on a Sunday morning and come to worship? Is it that they just don’t understand how corporate worship is beneficial to their lives?
My goal isn’t to convince those reading to go to church because I assume the majority of you already are. But there is a huge benefit to joining together in corporate worship. To have people that comfort you in tragedy, that teach us how to be more like Christ, and that encourage us and keep us centered on God’s Word. We need to have that truth proclaimed and to hear it with other believer’s. We need a centralized mission and vision to work together for the Gospel of Christ. We need the body of Christ to sharpen one another and those who don’t see the value in church are missing a key component of their own edification and sanctification. So how do we convince those that don’t value church to see the benefit in it?
Everyone wants acceptance and community, so we need to show why the body of Christ is the best community they can be apart of. I don’t have research to back it up, but I constantly notice trends in students that go through periods where corporate worship and gathering with other believers is not a part of their routine. They tend to grow stagnant in their passion and joy of Christ and tend to start giving into temptations that they later regret. Growing Christians need to come together and we need to educate them on why corporate worship is so good. Give testimony of how God has used the church to encourage you. Invite people to be a part of things going on in your life and be open to let people not just join your church, but to join a community that loves them.
We also need to make sure when we think about the culture of our church that it is inviting to the people we are trying to reach. If millenials are the demographic in our area where there are the most unchurched, then we need to make sure we are doing outreach with them in mind.
Finally, we need to make sure we are full of joy and passion when we worship. We are a people saved and redeemed and when we come together to worship God it should be a joy and celebration. Worship should bring us more joy than watching the game or the latest shows. We prioritize what we value, and worship is the most valuable thing when we focus on who we are worshiping.
Hebrews 10:24-25 New International Version (NIV)
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 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.
It’s a joy to serve with you all,