Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
August 14, 1969

This I Believe

Voyd N. Ballard

I believe the problem of "church attendance" would be eliminated if members were truly converted to Christ. I believe true Christians will want to be present for every assembly of the church that they can possibly attend.

I believe that you believe that it is good to attend every assembly of the church. James says, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin." Jas. 4:17 I believe we show our love for the Lord by our desire to assemble with Him and His people. He said, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Matt. 18:20

I believe many take Matt. 18:20 far too lightly. Surely if we really believe Jesus is in our midst when we meet together in His name we will want to be present for every assembly of the saints.

I believe Christians should delight in being "steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord" I Cor. 15:58. The members of the early church "continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." Acts 2:42.

I believe we will all one day stand before God in judgment and give account to Him for the way we have lived here. How will you account to Him for missing mid-week and Sunday night services?

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