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crystal



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:37 am    Post subject: Church attendence Reply with quote

I am not going to church today because I am unwell, thanks to a bug going around the family. In fact my attendence recently has not been that regular due to health problems.
Having friends who believe that you should go every week regardless, in fact they would say that you should go when you are ill as you need prayer and also friends who attend church once in a blue moon. I wondered what others thought about church attendence?
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bobbyc



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crystal, the bottom line is that if you are not well enough to attend church then you ought not to go. If regular (or recurring) ill health means that your attendance is patchy then what of it? Anyone who tries to tell you that you should always go to church regardless of your state of health is being unkind to your circumstances and legalistic in their outlook. Nevertheless, I believe it is appropriate and worthwhile to attend as regularly as possible. Please don't let yourself be browbeaten into attending just because others say you must.
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crystal



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bobby,
Thank you for your reply, and rest assured no one is putting pressure on me to attend church.

I was thinking more along the lines of a friend of mine who does not attend church at all. They are a Christian but do not believe that they need attend church. When talking with them the only scripture I could think of at the time was that we should not forsake the gathering together. But of course he replied that he does fellowship with other Christians he just does not attend church.

It made me wonder what others thought, as I know some who would not miss a Sunday in church whilst I also have friends who go to church when they feel like it. By that I do not mean if they feel well, but more a case of if they want an extra hour in bed.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bless you Crystal,
I believe it would be wrong for anyone to say you have to go to church [especially when unwell].
You should go to church for your own reasons and not to satisfy other peoples.
It is bad enough when you feel unwell having to get out of bed, let alone having to go church and putting a brave face on.
I pray you start to feel better soon,
God bless you in abundance. Icon_hugginsmileys_753
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crystal



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with both the posts that no one should tell another to go to church after all it is a personal choice.

The question I was asking is whether people think that if you are a Christian you should attend church as much as possible?
I have noticed among friends that some feel that church is a must as part of their Christian walk whilst others feel it is unecessary. With many others inbetween.

The biblical reference used by those who think church is a must is that we should not "forsake the gathering together" however those who do not go to church use it as well. They say that gathering together does not necessarily mean attending church services.

I was just interested in what others thought about church attendence, I was not talking about people who have a problem getting to church but those who choose not to attend.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

crystal, you've left me somewhat confused. How can both sets of your friends use the same verse about "gathering together" yet come to contradictory conclusions? How exactly do those who argue that
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gathering together does not necessarily mean attending church services
understand that injunction? Are they perhaps saying that it's OK to skip church services but attend midweek meetings (housegroups, bible studies etc) instead?
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crystal



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bobby,
One person does not attend church at all, they say that as they socialise with Christians and they do study the bible and talk about it then they feel that they are gathering together with others.

To me church is somewhere that we go because we want to not somewhere that we are told to go to.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, so if I call myself a Chelsea fan, socialise with Chelsea fans and discuss Chelsea FC but never attend any games am I justified in saying I'm a staunch supporter of the team?
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crystal



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bobby, sounds like you and I agree on this.

I suppose my question here is if someone does not want to go to church is it a sign of a problem?
We all have the odd time when we do not feel like going, usually because we are under the weather, but I mean do not want to go at all.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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quote="bobbyc"]Hmm, so if I call myself a Chelsea fan, socialise with Chelsea fans and discuss Chelsea FC but never attend any games am I justified in saying I'm a staunch supporter of the team?
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Bobby, you would probably be a typical Chelsea supporter. Icon_biggrin

Then again there are those who have supported a team,going to many games,even travelled far and wide in supporting the team........but now find that for lots of reasons they can no longer get to watch live games. Are they still "staunch supporters"?. I believe that they are.

Likewise there are those who have been fully involved in a "church",attended all the meetings,been fully committed,but now,for a number of reasons find that they cannot,or do not want to go any more.

Of course there is no substite for watching a live game and there is nothing as good as meeting in the flesh imo.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eddie, I'd argue that there's a difference between those who find that circumstances (e.g. health issues) mean they cannot attend any more (or at least as regularly as they'd like) and those who simply choose to stay away.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is, as has been said, no obligation to go evey week etc.

But if there is no desire to go, that is a different matter.

I find the way our services are run at present limits rather helps my worshipping.
So I go irregularly in the mornings, but I do go in the evenings to another church which suits me better. Not so close and there is no chance of me changing churches.
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WorthyIsTheLamb



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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 8:30 am    Post subject: Re: Church attendence Reply with quote

crystal wrote:
Having friends who believe that you should go every week regardless, in fact they would say that you should go when you are ill as you need prayer and also friends who attend church once in a blue moon. I wondered what others thought about church attendence?

Hi Crystal

Personally, I think that there is a danger in becoming legalistic over church attendance. Is church attendance the end...or a means to an end? Sometimes I think it can become the former rather than the latter.

If I find myself not wanting to attend church, I tend to ask the question why not, and deal with that rather than feeling guilty about not going.

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I suppose my question here is if someone does not want to go to church is it a sign of a problem?

It may be, but there again attending church is only one aspect of the Christian life. I would be much more concerned about my Christian life if I didn't feel like reading my Bible or praying, for example.
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