Today, Pastor Prince opened his sermon by greeting us with this verse:
Psalm 122:1 (NKJV)
I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go into the house of the LORD.”
How did you feel this morning at the thought of going to church again?
Were you glad like I was this morning?
Or were you feeling as if you were being asked to do a household chore, just like I was as recently as about 5 years ago?
Before I came to New Creation Church, I had been faithfully attending my previous AOG Church for more than 20 years since I was a child. I enjoyed it as a kid, looking forward to Sunday School, meeting friends and learning bible stories.
However, after I graduated to the adult worship services, I began to enjoy it less and less. Every Sunday I was shown through the pastor's preaching how far short I was from God's standards. I felt that I was not pleasing God and not pleasing to God.
During the weekdays, I read very little of the bible, and seldom prayed and when I did pray, it seems that all I ever did was to throw prayer requests to God. I never had the courage to witness to others about Christ and I did not invite anyone to church. I felt that I was not doing enough to justify my existence as a Christian.
I work 6 days a week and Sunday is a rest day for me. Previously, I would think of going to church as "work" i.e. attending church to fulfill my obligation as a Christian and after that the rest of the day is "rest".
But now I enjoy going to church. I look forward to going to church every Sunday. Going to church is now "rest" to me. How is it different now compared to before?
The difference lies in the preaching, the message. Now in NCC, I hear Christ preached every Sunday. I am told I am the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor 5:21). I am taught that my salvation is assured forever (Hebrews 10). I am told that God remembers my sins no more (Jer 31:34). All this and much more accomplished through the finished work of Christ on the cross.
So come next Sunday, will you be glad when they say to you,"Let us go into the house of the LORD.”?