When Jesus is living, active, and speaking in your heart, a church service can be a distraction. Church attendance is like sitting on home plate. It’s time for believers to run the bases!
A church service is a distraction if: 1) It makes you feel like attending it is earning God’s favor; 2) It serves as a substitute for your continually seeking to get closer to God on your own; 3) If you don’t personally test what you heard at church with what the Bible says; 4) If you become dependent on a pastor instead of on the living Jesus.
If church never goes beyond the bounds of human control, it’s what the Bible calls “a form of godliness without the power.” Many Christians focus on things that are natural. We need to be continually hungry for a supernatural relationship with God.
The natural can be understood and explained in a sermon. The supernatural God can’t, but He can be experienced. If you take the supernatural out of Christianity, nothing will be left.
Life is the embodiment of the supernatural. It’s a miracle, not a mindless mishap. Church gatherings should be demonstrations of Jesus supernaturally functioning as the Head, the leader of the meeting.
One often overlooked, supernatural aspect of God (that doesn’t need church to function) is the human conscience. Far too many people are afraid of their conscience, but if you’ll listen to it, it’s your friend.
People (Christians or non-Christians) who are afraid to listen to and obey their conscience are dangerous to themselves and others. Freedom of conscience means that people are free to disapprove of what their conscience tells them is wrong behavior. If we focused on getting Christians to listen to & obey their conscience, instead of just sitting thru church, they’d be transformed.