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Christian Or Church-Goer
I’d like to start this hub with a statistic. According to the 2010 Gallup Poll, 43.1% of Americans attend church services at least once a week. But out of the 43.1%, how many are truly Born-Again Christians?
The subject of the hub, Christian or Church-Goer attempts to explore the differences between the two. Some may ask, what is the difference? There is a big difference. There are some that attend regular services, and some with frequency that believe when they leave this world, Heaven is the next stop.
The truth is; citizenship in the Kingdom is not predicated on church attendance alone, and those that think that are missing out on the whole of Christian Experience.
First, the term Church or in the Greek Ekklesia, does not refer to the building or temple of worship, but rather the worshippers. The Church or the collective body of baptized believers in Christ, are doing more than just killing time on a Sunday morning
My Earlier Experience
When I was a child, I would attend church with my friend. I was 11 at the time, and had no knowledge of Sin or Salvation. As a matter of fact. My reason for attending service was purely selfish, because I knew that after service, my friend would go to a relative’s house for dinner, and there awaiting me would be this little girl who lived next door; but in order to get to her, I had to go to church.
But in a twist of irony, later in life. I met a woman who would come to be my wife by attending her church. However, I was not unaccountable for my sins as I was as an 11 year old, and was convinced that I needed to be saved.
That being said, let’s examine the difference between a Christian and a Church-Goer.
A Church-Goer attends regular Worship Service or Bible study with frequency; give offerings without complaint, maybe have a spot on the Deacon or Trustee Board. Maybe only attend services due to family tradition, or maybe was forced to go as child, and later becomes a habit. Although in the last scenario, if going to church was forced upon a child, later in life as an adult, he or she would resent even the notion of attending service.
The Church-Goer attends service because of the great delivery or preaching style of the preacher, or singing by the choir. Some would even attend because it’s Sunday, and it’s the right thing to do.
The Church-Goer is either not being taught fully of the Christian Experience, or has chosen to ignore the message.
The Church-Goer surmises that because he or she is faithful in attending services, they must be acceptable with God, and at the end of the day, will make Heaven their home.
A Christian realizes he or she was once a sinner, and was convinced by the Word of God that they need Salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. A Born-Again Christian is a person that has been regenerated through confession of faith in Christ, is baptized with water and the Holy Ghost.
A Christian has dedicated his or her life to the faith, and have renounced the selfish passions of this life, to be led by the Holy Ghost.
A Christian seeks to follow Christ’s Example in holy living and purpose; that purpose is to promote the Kingdom of God amongst the unbelievers in word and deed, in order to gain converts for the Lord.
To the Christian, attending service is their life’s blood, because there he or she receives from God, and from his family - the Church.
Being a Christian isn’t a Sunday thing, it’s a lifetime thing. The Christian can look forward to making the transition from this life to eternal life in the Presence of God.
Being a Christian involves more than just attending weekly service, but involves a complete change in a person. That change can only come by submitting one’s life to The Lord Jesus Christ.
Are you a Church-Goer or Christian?