Go to Church Even When You’re Away From Churchon August 22nd, 2010 Posted in Spiritual Teaching
I’m in Austin, Texas for business right now, and today is Sunday – the Lord’s day. When I found out I’d be travelling on a Sunday and would miss church with my family, I looked online to find a church close to my hotel. There wasn’t one close enough that wouldn’t conflict with my appointments for the day.
I chose the next best thing to visiting a local church: I attended a new church service by watching it on TV. God has gifted us with so much technology that we never have an excuse not to go to church!
Why is it So Important that We Go to Church?
Remember that Jesus said in Mark 2:27 (NIV), “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”
The Sabbath is a day for us to rest from the day-to-day requirements of this world and focus on our real lives, the spiritual ones we build for eternity. The Sabbath is a day that we keep focused upon God: giving thanks for His blessings, for His gift of salvation, for the gift of His son and the promise of our faith’s glorious end!
And yes – you can keep the Sabbath on a day other than Sunday if you need to due to personal circumstances. “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.” (Colossians 2:16, NIV) The importance is the content of the day, not the name of the day upon which you keep it sacred.
We also need the benefit of surrounding ourselves with fellow believers to talk about holy things. This opportunity is a chance to escape from the battle we fight in Satan’s world for just a little while and come together in a safe place that we know he doesn’t want to be!
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:25, KJV
How Can You Go to Church Even When You’re Away From Church?
God is good and has given us so many options today that we can’t not attend a sermon, sing His praise, and keep him first in our minds!
We have the benefit of watching church services on television, by videos on YouTube, or from religious websites.
We even have the ability to listen to worship music no matter where we are! If you have a radio, you can turn on Air 1, K Love, or your local religious radio station and sing along with their praises. If you’re near a computer, you can listen to both of those radio stations for free online, or try Yahoo Music and choose the religious music category (they have contemporary and traditional, as well as gospel praise music).
Why it’s Good to Have Different Church Sometimes
This morning I just finished watching a church service on TV in my hotel room. It was such a striking sermon that I had to get out a notebook and make several notes for things I wanted to think on later.
There is a lot of benefit to hearing the Word from pastors other than your own every once in a while, for you get the benefit of different insights imparted to them by the Holy Spirit. These insights are as individual as the person receiving them, and we do well to hear the Word and speak about the bible with as many people as possible.
Have a wonderful Sunday and may God be with you!