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"Life in the Church"Stuart Jones Have you ever thought “I get a lot from the sermon each week but why go to the trouble of going to church Sunday morning to hear it? I can just stay home and watch it online at my convenience. Who needs all that other stuff—the worship service, seeing all those people or joining a life group?” This may seem to be a shocking admission to some of you but others completely understand that thought. Just as reading only the front page of the newspaper or reading just the first and last chapters of a book or attending a basketball game where you are the only spectator doesn’t give you a true picture of that particular activity, pursuing a walk with the Lord based only on the sermon will not give you a true picture of what being a disciple is. We are told in Hebrews 10:25 NIV “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.” Our responsibility as a Christian disciple doesn’t begin and end with what we get out of the Sunday morning activities at church but should include how we can help others grow in their walk with the Lord. That means we need to get to know our fellow believers. Not only do we need to participate in the worship service and absorb what the sermon is telling us, we need to engage others in conversation. We need to be that disciple who encourages others in their walk with Christ. You can’t do that in front of a computer screen!