Do this in remembrance of me

I don't like going to church because it is full of hypocrites. Why should I go to church on Sunday, I don't get anything out of it? I don't need to go to church to be a Christian. Do these statements seem familiar?

Let's be honest, most people stop going to church because the hypocrisy they see in the lives of others reminds them too much of their own. Why are we surprised when we see hypocrisy in the church? Are we never hypocritical ourselves? We are to love our enemies and so should we not love hypocritical Christians who are just like us? Real hypocrisy is calling yourself a Christian and not be willing to die for the Church. Is that not what Jesus did?

Many people also struggle with the purpose of going to church because they get nothing out of it. The common response is that it is not what you get it is way you give. That is easy for some people to say but it does not fit with reality. Most people require real experiences to drive their hearts in worship. Being happy for the sake of being happy is contrived. Being happy because Jesus Christ has given you life is reality.

One of the biggest reasons why people do not get anything out of church is because the church has forgotten how it was founded. Most churches focus on the outward results of the work of Christ but do very little to remind us how we got there. A sermon on how Christians should be nice is great but it is not powerful when it is disconnected from the death and life of Jesus Christ. Let's be fair, there is no church that purposefully sets out to do this (we hope), but we are human and often forget why and how a tradition was started. We need constant reminders for us not to forget.

Sunday should mostly be about proclaiming the Lord's death. The apostles gathered together on the first of the week to proclaim the Lord's death (Acts 20:7*) by eating the broken bread and drinking the cup (1 Cor. 11:23 - 26*", and we would be wise to follow the same pattern. There is no law that says you must do this every week. God did not reveal in absolute terms this pattern but it has been the tradition of other Christians since the time of His death and is at the core of what we believe.

Many churches have communion only once a month and often it is tacked on to the end of a service. There is little reflection on the death and resurrection of Christ on a weekly basis. Although constant reminders of how we should live are important they eventually lose their effect if they are not connected regularly with the reason why we should live that way. Perhaps the reason why people feel disconnected from church is because the church in some ways has become disconnected from the head, Jesus Christ.

Acts 20:7 - "On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread..."

1 Cor. For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."


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