Should Church meetings be like AA meetings?

“Hi, My name’s Dave and I’m a sinner. Yet by God’s grace I’ve been forgiven for more than 20 years.”

“Keep going Dave!”, “Make it through the next week Dave!”

People who will tell you that groups like AA helped them deal with their addiction will also tell you that they had to get to breaking point. They all had to get to the point where they realised they couldn’t do it on their own… that they were lost, empty, powerless, impotent to control themselves. And their AA groups helped them grapple with what they were – addicts. And they know how hard it gets when you don’t go to meetings. They have a code when they meet outside of meetings… not “How long since you’ve had a drink?” it’s “How long since you’ve been to a meeting?”.

Now… how much more addicted to sin are we compared to their addiction to alcohol? Can we even go a day without sin?

A right understanding of our fleshy – though slowly transforming – hearts should help us better understand why simply attending church and GrowthGroups is so important. We’re just not that strong on our own.

If you are saved by grace, and you stay in by grace, that means you can’t keep yourself in – you’re dependant on God’s grace.
And if one of the means of God’s grace is the fellowship of other Christians under the stewardship of faithful teachers and elders, then that seems like something God has made you dependant on…

23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards 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.
Hebrews 10:23-25

Why would you even consider missing that?

What happens when you don’t turn up

Have you ever wondered what happens when you don’t turn up? Whether it’s to church or a growth group or something else, do you know what happens when you’re not there?
People notice, and generally they try and assume you had a good reason.
People don’t give it a second thought.
Other people will have put chairs out for you, prepared food for you, and prayed for you, and they’ll be disappointed (in a good way).
Other people will take care of things that you could have helped with.
Several fewer conversations will happen that day. Some if those conversations could have been really valuable and important to other people.
A chair will be left empty next to someone who would love it to be filled.
Other people will hear and engage in God’s word together. It will bind them that little bit more together as Jesus people who are committed to him and each other.
Yes, each one is just a little thing, but all together, and regularly? They make a huge difference!