“Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.”

Ephesians 3:10-13 ESV (Italics added)

Each Sunday, when you get ready to go to church, and as you gather and praise God together with other believers, and as you hear the Gospel of Christ proclaimed, and as you break the bread and drink the cup of the Lord’s Supper together, you are not merely attending church. You are also acting out the mystery of the Gospel. You are proclaiming a message to Satan and his demons: “Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, he died, and he raised from the dead, and through these deeds He has purchased for Himself a bride, and you have no authority over those who belong to Him.”

Church attendance is spiritual warfare.

When you become a member of a church you are not just choosing a place to grow spiritually or a place to serve. You are declaring to the Prince of the Power of the Air that you belong to the Prince of Peace. You are declaring to a demon-haunted world that you have been bought by the precious blood of Christ. When you gather as the body of Christ, you are reminding the Ruler of This World that the one true King will one day return for His church.

Never underestimate what God is doing through Christ in the world, and never underestimate the amazing role that the church has been chosen to play in the great drama of redemption! And on those days when making it to church seems difficult, never forget that church attendance is spiritual warfare!

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