Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Don’t stay home alone

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

Why come to church when you could be home alone with God; just you and Jesus basking in one another’s company?

It’s a good question to ask, especially when you don’t feel like getting out of bed and making the effort to mix with others.

That led me to think about the reasons why we should come to church.

Here’s a few I came up with:


‘Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness’. (Psalm 29:2)

True worship has nothing to do with a particular style or liturgy. It is, instead, a matter of the heart.


‘Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace’. (Ephesians 4:2-3)

Fellowship is communion with other believers in order to encourage one another’s walk with the Lord. Only the love of Christ can unite people from diverse backgrounds and with distinctive personalities so they can be part of a spiritual family.


‘Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms’. (1 Peter 4:10)

Ministry is a Christian using their spiritual gifts for serving and edifying others.


‘It was he [Jesus] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ’. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

God’s word is taught and expounded to move a new believer from being a babe in Christ to a mature believer.


‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God’. (Philippians 4:6)

The church is a house of prayer where we can draw near to God, give thanks to Him, and bring our requests.


‘…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ (Acts 1:8)

Sharing our lives, and proclaiming the truth of Christ, so unbelievers may come to faith and join the community of believers.

So, ‘…let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching’. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

I look forward to seeing you in church.

Have a good week,

Pastor Barry

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