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Do you long for church? How do you get the fire burning for church?

Discussion in 'Discipleship: Following Jesus' started by zoidar, Oct 16, 2021.

Do you long for church?

  1. Yes, practically every week!

    3 vote(s)
    27.3%
  2. Sometimes!

    4 vote(s)
    36.4%
  3. No!

    2 vote(s)
    18.2%
  4. I wish I did!

    2 vote(s)
    18.2%
  1. zoidar

    zoidar Well-Known Member Supporter

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    How do you feel about church? Do you feel a longing? I often long for church, but when I'm to go I can feel a resistance for some reason. But I often feel a resistance to leave home, so it might be that. I have a tendency to postpone one thing or another.

    How do you get the fire burning in you heart for church?
     
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  2. Unqualified

    Unqualified Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Go anyway you can still get blessed. Expect a blessing. I often feel hesitant too. There are a lot of things and scriptures that keep me going. I crave to grow and be useful. Church is the best place to learn. But in all my wants for church I, we still have a flesh wanting the opposite. I like church but it takes it up to another level and that’s stressful.

    you are stronger than your flesh, you know what’s right and best. You just have to muscle it, it will cooperate. Don’t worry.
     
  3. Mark Quayle

    Mark Quayle Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I love the people Christ loves, and talking about him and to him with others with a mutually precious Gospel and Lord.

    My problem is keeping my mouth shut when I'm there.
     
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  4. jacks

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    I can also feel resistance to going, but once I'm there it is a blessing. I believe overcoming that initial resistance is worth the effort. I also pray on the way to church, that it will be an uplifting experience and that I will also encourage others when I am there.
     
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  5. seeking.IAM

    seeking.IAM Episcopalian Supporter

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    I love being in worship at the church. I love slowing down from my week, sitting and praying quietly in the nave as the congregation gathers for liturgy, participating in the liturgy during worship, reciting the familiar prayers and creeds, and partaking the Eucharist. It is comforting and centering. It recharges me for the week ahead. I miss it if for some reason I cannot attend.

    For everything that happens outside of worship, I care not as much. I like the people of my church but don't really need the social or fellowship aspect of the church family. Group Sunday School or Bible study aren't my thing. And, I have disdain for the church potluck or dinner. I suspect we all value different things about church. These are the parts I yearn for and the parts that are of less importance to me.
     
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  6. Tigger45

    Tigger45 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Before the pandemic I attended worship two to four times a week. Now that state restrictions have eased I attend one or two times a week.

    I burn for an encounter with Christ and I know He meets us in His word and sacraments.
     
  7. mama2one

    mama2one Well-Known Member

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  8. sunshineforJesus

    sunshineforJesus is so in love with God CF Ambassadors Supporter

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    Yes I love church and hate missing it.
     
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  9. aiki

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    My feelings for the Church (big C) are different from my feelings for the church (small c) of which I am a member. I love the brethren individually but, when they come together as a distinct group, strange and unpleasant things often result, which can make it hard to be enthusiastic about them (as a group). The term "church" can be a bit confusing, too, since by the term we may be referring to the entire program of church life: communal worship, ministries, teaching, general tenor relationally (reserved, cold, clique-ish, wealthy, warm, welcoming, etc.).

    The members of the family of God are joined together very intimately, the Bible says, and are at a severe disadvantage spiritually when isolated from one another. It's no surprise, then, that I feel quite out-of-joint spiritually when I am not actively involved with my local church family. But, my church is a collection of imperfect people who often bump and scratch at one another, passively and actively, and who can be very selfish and worldly at times in their behaviour. This can have a very...deflating effect on my enthusiasm for participating in my church.

    What, fundamentally, is supposed to move believers toward one another in community? The Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Titus 3:5-6; Romans 8:9-11). The Spirit in one believer draws them to the Spirit, the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9), in other believers. We are all one in Christ, his Body and Bride (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 5:23-30). And so, like magnets, when one believer moves close enough to another for their lives to intersect, they naturally adhere to one another, finding a strong affinity for one another, not in personality, or hobby, or career, or political views, but in the union they have together in the Spirit of Christ.

    The "fire" for Church/church, then, burns in the believer in the Person of the Holy Spirit. When that "fire" is absent or cold, it indicates something is awry between the believer and the Spirit within him/her. Keeping the "fire" for church burning, then, is a matter of maintaining submission to, and fellowship with, the Spirit; for it is only in submission to God, to the Spirit, that the life of the Spirit fills up the believer, drawing them powerfully to those in whom the Spirit also dwells.

    There is, though, in some churches much "leaven." (1 Corinthians 5:6-7) When this is the case, the whole church can grow flat spiritually, lifeless, fractured, and hypocritical. This often leads to a greater insinuation of the World into the church, to many compromises with the World, to carnal, sensual worship and false teaching, in an effort to compensate for the flattening effect of the "leaven" (aka - sin) in the church. In the churches in which I've been where this has occurred, it has been impossible to maintain any eagerness for involvement. In such a circumstance - especially if false teaching and immorality has entrenched itself - the Christ-honoring believer must separate him/herself. But this isn't reflective of a problem between the believer and the Spirit within them, but exactly the opposite being true.

    Anyway, just some thoughts on your OP...
     
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  10. seeking.IAM

    seeking.IAM Episcopalian Supporter

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    Your post about the imperfection of the church body reminds me of a statement by Rev. Nadia Boltz-Weber who used to greet visitors by saying something like, "Welcome to All Sinners and Saints Lutheran Church. We are the church, and we will disappoint you."
     
  11. zoidar

    zoidar Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Feeling a longing for church I see as a good sign. I believe it is the call of the Spirit, and I'm thankful whenever I can feel that way.
     
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  12. Michael Collum

    Michael Collum Everything began with a voice, use yours Supporter

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    I've had bad luck with local gatherings, so I am unattached to the idea.
     
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