Is it because?
WHY do YOU attend church services?
Is it because you want something better for your kids?
Is it because it's the best you can find FOR NOW, but you're really waiting for something better to come along?
Is it because you're waiting to see if the preacher agrees with everything YOU'VE decided to believe?
Is it because you're trying to see if the church lines up with your favorite online preacher or YouTuber?
Is it because the preacher hasn't kicked your "pet doctrine" yet, but once he does, you're leaving?
Truth be told: In the past, I've attended local churches for these reasons. I was wrong, and my motives were wrong.
I understand that Christians MUST be aware of the bible warnings about false teachers, who have false motives.
2 Peter 2:1 says: But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
But, what I'm suggesting is that there are also church-members who act with false motives. These motives cause them to NOT grow in the Lord. This was my problem in my early years of being saved.
So, let's ask the question again: WHY do you attend church services?
Is it because you're looking for opportunities to serve the Lord?
Is it because you're willing to humble yourself and allow the Bible to correct and change YOU?
Is it because YOU actually enjoy giving your money to your local church?
Is it because you get to pray for your church family?
Is it because you respect the preacher is trying to do his best, and you're ok with him not having all the answers?
Is it because you're happy to be in a place where opportunities to evangelize your community have been made available?
Is it because you're thankful for the sweet Christian fellowship, and the help your brothers and sisters in Christ can offer you?
I realized a long time ago, that the simple answer to having a great church, is to become a great church member.
May the Lord help us all!