Are you getting ready for church with your family this weekend? The Cornerstone Church Nashville wants you to watch and listen for the following things when you go to church.
For most people, going to church is a habit. They leave home at the same time every Sunday, park at the same place, go through the same door, sit at the same bench, and talk to the same friends. After church, they go to a nearby restaurant to grab a bite to eat. They expect nothing different and see and hear nothing different. Right? This isn’t necessarily a bad thing because God is around us. But sometimes when we get into routines, we miss certain things—things that are happening around us and opportunities to help others.
This upcoming Sunday when you’re getting ready for church, we want you to look and listen for the following things.
- Keep an eye on your family as they’re getting ready.
How is your family feeling as they get ready for church? If they seem stressed out, it’s not going to be a good start to your Sunday. You, being the head of the family, should try to calm them down and encourage them to go to church in a good mood so they can take in the word of God.
- Watch for people as you’re driving to church.
It’s likely that they are not going to the same place you’re going. Look at them as a sheep without a shepherd and take a second to pray to God for them.
- Look for opportunities to help.
Do you see someone who is looking for a parking spot? Give them yours. Do you see an elderly lady struggling to get through the door? Get in front and help her. See a church helper struggling with something heavy? Help them. Offer coffee to someone in need. In other words, help everyone you see.
- Look for people who are lost in the parking lot.
Chances are not everyone is familiar with the church. If you notice someone who is lost or wondering around the parking lot or building, offer to help them.
- Look for someone you don’t know.
If you’re meeting a small group at church, look for someone you don’t know and introduce yourself. Tell them everything about the church and welcome them to God’s house.
- Look for people who sit by themselves.
You have probably passed them many times before and thought nothing of it. These people might not like to be bombarded with attention, but there is nothing wrong with giving them a kind welcome and a friendly smile. See if you can get their name and offer yours.
- Take in the prayers.
Really listen to the word of God as the pastor is preaching. Don’t let the words go in one ear and come out the other. Then, pray for those in need.
This Sunday, Cornerstone Church Nashville wants you to really watch and listen for the things mentioned above. Let God give you eyes to see and ears to listen at church this weekend.