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“Back Row” Christian

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

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When you think of a “back row” Christian what comes to mind? A person who sits on the back row at church? Someone who does not hold any positions in the congregation? An individual who is not actively involved with any ministries of the church?

Although this phrase is commonly used for someone who sits on the back row at church, what comes to my mind is a person who is not totally committed to God. You can still do all the outward things at church that is expected of a member but still be a “back row” Christian.  A Christian’s first dedication should be to God.

Romans 12:1Romans 12:1
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

12 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [which is] your spiritual service.

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NAS admonishes us: “Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” A holy sacrifice is giving our all to God; living it on a day-to-day basis.

It really doesn’t matter where you sit, whether you have an important position or do what others expect you to do. The important thing is to present your body to God as a living and holy sacrifice. It is a challenge to live our lives as sacrifices to God. When we do, we are not the masters of our bodies and minds – God is. All that we do or think must conform to the God’s Word.

Are you a “back row” Christian or truly worshipping God with a holy sacrifice of worship?

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The Talking Church Pew

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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Hebrews 10:25Hebrews 10:25
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting [one another]; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

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exhorts us: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

If the pew at your church could talk, what would it say?

“Where have you been, I missed you?” 

“Wake up, this is no time to take a nap.” 

“Where is everybody else?”

“Is that all you are going to put in the offering? Really!!!!” 

“Do you know the presence of the Lord is here? Then, act like it!”

Even though we all know a pew cannot actually speak to us, these comments help us reflect on our actions and attitudes at church.

The above scripture in Hebrews admonishes us to be faithful in assembling together with people of like faith, and to encourage and support each other even more so as we see the day approaching.

Not only does your regular attendance at church lift you up spiritually but it is an encouragement to others as well.

What would your church pew say to you?

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