The following week almost the entire city turned out to hear them preach the word of the Lord.
Act 13:44 NLT
Let’s face it. We live in a culture that has essentially left the church behind. When I was growing up, it was assumed that folks went to church. If I stayed home, I didn’t leave the house until after noon so nobody would knew I was a heathen. New houses were advertised as being “close to churches and schools.” Those things mattered. Now they don’t.
How this condition came about is a subject for a doctoral dissertation. How we can change it is pretty simple: We get our rears out of bed and go to church. By “we” I mean those of us who claim to believe that Jesus died for our sins, that He was raised again the third day, and that He is Lord. It’s difficult to “tsk, tsk” with any conviction when I am attending bedside assembly instead of obeying the Bible and gathering with the saints. Can you imagine if even half of professing Christians got up this Sunday and went to church? How about 60, 70, 80 percent? It would be perceived as a movement. We start a movement by moving, out of the chair and into the pew, then out of the pew and into the culture. We can do this!