Interesting blog post.
It is a good idea to start bringing your children to church when they are you. It gets a good habit formed.
Granted when the children become teenagers they’ll rebel and not want to go to church, but I think a good rule of thumb is “If you’re living under my roof, you’re living under my rules.”
Giving the first hours of the week to God is a good way to start your week. And while the kiddos are in Sunday School, it gives you a chance to go to Bible Class if your church has it at the same time.
Going to church is not just about giving. I know they pass the offering plate or you bring your offering up to the altar, but it doesn’t matter how much or what you give as long as it is with the right heart. As 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 says:
6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[a] will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
When one goes to church your faith gets strengthened and your soul gets nourished with His Word.
You may say, “Sunday is my one day to sleep in” or “I’d have to get up too early to get ready”, or whatever other “reasons” you have for not going to church. But, like I learned this evening coming home through the messy snow we got tonight, what Christ did for me by dying on the cross so that I can live eternally with Him when I graduate from this life, I surely can give a portion of my time to hear His Word for me.
I know, I went off on a big tangent here, but DON’T let the Devil, our sinful nature or this world discourage you from going to church to have your faith strengthened and your soul nourished.
If you don’t have a church home, check out the WELS Location Search or in your favorite search engine, look for “churches near me”.
Reading God’s Word at home is fine, but your soul yearns to have camaraderie with other believers. As Ecclesiastes 4:12 says:
12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
I strongly encourage you, please try church again if you’ve been away for a long time. Don’t worry, the roof won’t fall in on you