What If I Don’t Feel Like Going to Church?

What If I Don’t Feel Like Going to Church?

For 10 weeks, Lebanon Baptist Church did not meet together. Sure we sang some songs and we listened to sermons as we tuned into the Sunday Broadcasts from our living rooms. But it wasn’t church – we didn’t assemble (church, by its very definition, is an assembly). Even now, our in-person gatherings are limited and the assembly is still not able to fully get back together. It has certainly been a unique time.

So, how has this affected you?

Some of you have dreadfully missed the routine of church life and struggled immensely not being able to meet together.

Some of you have genuinely enjoyed the pause, but you are now ready to move back to normal.

Some of you … well … let’s be honest … the interruption of normal church life has actually left you wondering if you even want to return to meeting with the church anymore. Really, you’ve managed just fine for 3 months. It’s been kind of nice for you and your family. Maybe you’ve voiced it, or maybe you’ve just thought it, but the reality for you now is that you just don’t feel like going to church anymore.

Well, if you are thinking that way, guess what?

You’re not alone!

Is this you? Are you wondering if you really feel like getting back into church again? It’s okay. It’s good to be honest with yourself and others about what you are feeling. There certainly may be multiple factors weighing on you that lead you to think and feel that way. However, in the midst of it all, here is a very important thought for you to consider:

The most important time to be at church is when you don’t feel like it. (Gunner Gundersen) Click To Tweet

The most important time to be at church is when you don’t feel like it.

If you, or someone you know, is feeling like the normal church routine may be a thing of the past, if you’re sensing a hesitation to return to gathering with the church in any way, please let us know. Simply fill out the form below and we will send you a free copy of the very short booklet, “What If I Don’t Feel Like Going to Church?”

It will help you honestly think through some of your feelings and even objections to your church. It will allow the Scripture to help you consider just exactly what the purpose of assembling is in the first place and why it is so important to the Christian life.

In the meantime, if you want to talk with someone about what you are thinking and feeling, please contact one of the pastors or even another member of the church.

Please send me a free copy of the booklet, “What If I Don’t Feel Like Going to Church?”

At all times and in all places, the gathering of the saints is a means of grace established by God for edifying his people. Christians gather to worship not because it might be helpful to us if all the stars align, not because it might be good for us if our leaders plan the service just right, not because it might be helpful if everyone smiles at us with the perfect degree of sincerity and handles the small talk seamlessly and engages us with just the right depth of conversation that’s neither too personal nor too shallow.

We gather because the God we’re worshiping has instituted our gathering as a main way he matures and strengthens and comforts us, and not just when the songs or the prayers or the sermons or the Sunday School classes touch our souls right where we feel like they need to be touched. We meet because God builds up his people through our meeting — every time, in every place, without fail, no matter how we feel. Like rain in the fields, it’s just how our gatherings work. 1



1 http://www.davidagundersen.com/2016/05/01/the-most-important-time-to-be-at-church