Upper Seneca Baptist Church
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Our Mission: To Re-Present Jesus Christ In Our Community And Beyond

News October

Leaving The Church!
By Pastor Dennis Felder
 
I wanted to let you know that I HAVE LEFT THE CHURCH.  Now that I have your undivided attention, my leaving is only temporary.  As a matter of fact, by the time you read this Newsletter, I will have returned.

Lana, Laney, and myself are on a well anticipated vacation.  As I am writing this article, we are in Myrtle Beach, SC visiting with family.  After a couple of days, we will be taking a 5-day cruise out of Charleston, SC that will take us to the Bahamas.  Yes, the Bahamas!  The very place were several hurricanes have already struck.  Currently, hurricane Maria is fiercely turning in the Atlantic and is forecasted to be in the same location as our cruise ship.  It should be an exciting and memorable trip.  I will quickly discover how strong my sea legs are.

But let me get back to the purpose of writing this article.  I made a previous statement that said, “I have left the church.”  There are many reasons of why fellow believers leave the church.  Some people leave because they move away; while others seek another church to help strengthen their spiritual walk.  There are some good reasons for why one may leave a certain church, but for some, leaving a church has no Biblical or spiritual grounds.  Even leaving the church can be unintentional, but over time it slowly happens.

Listen, I am not one to put someone on a guilt trip for not attending church.  I fully understand that certain events in one’s life can preclude one from being at church.  It may be health issues, one’s job responsibilities, or family obligations.  However, church is designed to be a place to spiritually recharge, to connect to one another, and to corporately praise our Lord and Savior.  Church can give us strength, encouragement, and loving support that cannot be found anywhere else.  Therefore, as Summer has come to an end and our schedules have a sense of normalcy, let us make church a centerpiece of our life.

Hebrews 10:25 is a wonderful reminder of the value of church to a Christian.  The Scripture reads, “Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  You see, we can experience the power of Holy Spirit in a new dimension that cannot be obtained on an individual basis.  This basic principle is reinforced by the statement found in Matthew 18:20 which reads, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.

Imagine what we can do as Christians to impact the kingdom of God, if we faithfully partner together in body and spirit.  I need this partnership, you need this partnership, and most of all, God calls us to achieve such a partnership.  So, let us come together to make a genuine and faithful commitment to each other and to the Bride of Christ, His church.
See you Sunday!