Whether walking into a giant atrium or a small-town sanctuary, first-time visitors feel every eye is on them as they walk into Sunday service. More than just a call to worship God for all of our blessings, and a place to pray for His help and healing, church is something God tells us to do out of encouragement for each other.
“Let us consider how to inspire each other to greater love and to righteous deeds, not forgetting to gather as a community, as some have forgotten, but encouraging each other, especially as the day of His return approaches” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Even in a church full of gospel truth, a wrong first impression causes a weary soul to turn on their heels and back out to the parking lot. The Voice commentary of the above verses lends a great perspective on the importance of every soul called to church on Sunday being welcomed:
“The word translated ‘church’ in English Bibles literally means ‘assembly of the called’; it implies that members have said ‘yes’ to God’s call in their lives. We assemble because we are called into being by God Himself. Some people, for reasons only they know, choose to live their Christian faiths in isolation. When they do, they cut themselves off from the gifts, encouragement, and vitality of others. And perhaps, just as tragically, they deprive the church of the grace and life God has invested in them.”
Here are ten things to take notice of to ensure that guests to God’s house always feel welcome to come inside, as they are, because that’s where He meets us.
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