New Bridge Church of the Nazarene

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Games we play as Christians

March 7, 2011

23 Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.   Hebrews 10:23-25

Christianity is a life oIs Going to Church just a Game?f hope amid heartache, life surrounded by death, and grace in the face of judgment. Too often we have reduced faith in Christ to church attendance. While it is glibly remarked that “going to church no more makes one a Christian than going to McDonalds makes one a hamburger,” it is interesting how the Christian life can so easily be reduced to some common denominator that is not where light and life come from, namely Jesus Christ himself. Hebrews 10 encourages believers not to neglect meeting together. Gathering in corporate worship is a vital component of Christianity but far too often it becomes a game that people who call themselves believers play.

Our Christianity should not be any game, but the vitality of our life as blood is to our body. It is important to recognize that the blood is not the body or the Life. We are the body and we need a living vitality that enables life within us. Christianity is this connection where our beliefs intersect with our relationships. Where hope happens to have a smile even when tears are abundant. 

Christ is Lord and Savior, not the Church, nor the Pastor or anyone else. Our need for one another never substitutes for our need for God, in Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) to be God.

Considering the Christian Games we play, let’s not make Church attendance a substitute for Faithfulness or we will be empty when God's promise is abundance. 

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