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A NEW PATTERN

Take a moment to read a heartfelt message from Pastor Chris.
Years ago, before any of us were born revivals broke out in America and tens of thousands were saved and converted to Christ. It was called "The Great Awakening", starting in England in the late 1700’s and spreading to America. It was followed by two other waves that lasted through the early 1900’s and all three waves together was one of the major moves of God throughout history. It resulted in millions converting to Christ. One of the key responses to this movement was, in addition to Sunday morning services, churches began having services almost every night of the week. People just wanted to stay connected with God and to each other.

Over the years that pattern has diminished from having services every night, to services three nights a week, to meeting Sunday nights and Wednesday nights, and then only on Wednesday nights until finally churches did away with nighttime services altogether. Now we gather as believers on Sunday mornings only. As a believer, does this concern you? Has this happened because of an ever-increasing of a lack of interest?

But the trend continued. Churches still have services every Sunday, but individuals have decided to diminish their church attendance. It used to be that people averaged church attendance four Sunday mornings a month. Then the average Christian attended three times a month. That continued to decline to twice a month and now the National Average for churched-people is that they attend a Sunday morning church gathering only once a month (Barna 2018). And my observation is; our spirituality has suffered immensely.

People claim they don’t have time. Many have employment that requires working on Sundays. Then children’s activities have fallen to Sunday mornings so that parents are forced to make choices between their families and children going to church, or playing and watching a sport. And then there is the fact that we just enjoy our leisure and times to get away; vacations, weekend trips, family reunions and on and on. They say, “I work so hard. I have to get away." Or, "Its the only time I have to get away or get things done." Some claim church services aren’t helpful or the church has become irrelevant. Others say they can watch a church service online.

I’m all for the church staying relevant to our culture. I am not, however, for the church compromising or being led by our culture. At Freedom church we work hard to make everything we do beneficial to all who attend. And, there is nothing like the experience of being there in person!

Recently, we announced at Freedom Church that we were going to have a Deeper Encounter worship gathering one Sunday Night a month and the thought came to me that some would respond, “Now they are going to ask us to give up another Sunday evening a month. I have my Sundays spoken for. I get my kids ready for school, or I get ready for work or my favorite TV show is on Sunday nights.”

My questions are…
What has happened to us?
Why don’t we want to gather to worship and learn about our God?
What are we risking when we forfeit that hour on Sunday?

I would like to appeal to the people of Freedom Church. In a world that is 'distraction driven' let’s not allow the trends of our world to lure us blindly into their trap. Let’s take charge of our spiritual lives and determine that we will again be believers who are there when the opportunity is made available. It is indeed instructed in God’s Word.
  •  “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.” - Hebrews 10:25
  • “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our maker.” - Psalm 95:2, 6
  • “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways and we shall walk in His paths.” - Isaiah 2:3
And then most importantly – the words of Jesus:
  • As Jesus came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” -  Luke 10:38-42 NLT

This is certainly not a rebuke or a scolding to anyone! It comes from a pastor’s heart and a shepherd who loves his flock and cares about them spiritually. Let’s create a NEW pattern!

Oh, and – See you Sunday!

Lovingly,
Pastor Chris

 

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The church is so much more than Sunday. We strive to be the church Monday through Saturday. Otherwise, we cannot be genuine.

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