The Front Pew

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It can be scary. It can be intimidating. It can seem like a mile’s walk away. That first step can be one of the most difficult. And so when someone makes this decision, it thrills me to no end to see what took place this past Sunday.

After an extremely timely lesson on procrastination by one of our elders, Dave Chamberlin, people came forward. Had someone simply counted those sitting on the front pew, you would have thought that some 15 people came forward.

In actuality, it was just 2 precious souls who made that brave step forward. Everyone else was there to show love. Everyone else was there for support. Everyone else was there to encourage. It was beautiful. It was uplifting. It was biblical.

This is how we help bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2).

This is how we help to encourage each other away from sin (Hebrews 3:13).

This is what it’s like to be apart of God’s family (1 Timothy 3:15).

This is what love looks like (1 John 3:18; 4:12-13).

If we are about helping each other get to heaven, and we should be, then no one should sit on the front pew alone. Confessing sin will always be scary, but the front pew doesn’t have to be. Let’s do what we can to make the front pew one where that person is met with support, prayer, love, and with open arms.

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