I shared a couple of Sundays ago at Graystone Church that everyone has a third place (You can watch the message here.). Our home is our first place. Our work/school is our second place. And we all have a third place: the ball park, the gym, the library, the country club, the neighborhood pool, a local bar (think CHEERS), the lake, the hunting camp, etc.
I challenged everyone to make Graystone Church their third place. In generations past, the local church was most people in America’s third place. In fact, our communities used to revolve around the local church. Most Americans were members of a local church, and they spent their Sundays in worship at church. And they were involved at church several other days during the week. Nowadays, our culture has changed. Sundays are no longer sacred. People do not value the importance of church involvement like they did in years past.
I would love to see that change. Because quite honestly, you become like the people you spend time with (Proverbs 13:20). We want to plant ourselves and our KIDS in the right environment to help them grow spiritually, develop godly character and win in this life and for all eternity (Psalms 1:1-3).
This is the first of a series of five posts on how to make Graystone your third place. I think the first step and the easiest is “just show up”. Come to church on Sundays. Attend. Commit to worshipping God on Sundays. And doing it with a group of people…a family…brothers and sisters in Christ. Just show up. If you think about it, it’s not a big commitment. It’s one hour a week. Well, it’s probably two hours a week if you factor in your commute time, parking, dropping off/picking up your kids, grabbing a FREE cup of coffee and oh, maybe talking with a few people.
So, your first step to make Graystone your third place is simply to come. Check back tomorrow for your second step in making Graystone (or your local church) your third place. Why do you think it’s so hard for people to commit to coming to church these days?