The Reason Why Listening To All Of Those Sermons Isn’t Doing You Any Good

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“Vely gud.”

“The body is like an elastic.”

I used to hear those sentences every morning. It was a part of my routine. I guess you could say that was all it was. Routine. It wasn’t doing me any good.

Georges St. Pierre was a UFC champion. He also had a DVD-based workout program called RushFit. I’m the guy who bought it.

So every morning I would workout with the UFC champion. I did really good. Well, at least that’s what Georges kept telling me. And who am I to argue with the UFC champion?

Pushups?

“Vely gud.”

Stretching?

“The body is like an elastic.”

Plain and simple, Georges was impressed with my particular set of skills.

When I completed Georges’ DVD series, someone opened up a CrossFit in my town. I decided to give Georges a break and try it out. Since I did such a good job of impressing the UFC champion, I figured that I would have my name on a plaque and teaching classes at CrossFit by my second day.

I’ve been there for about six months. Still no plaque.

And no one tells me how my body is like an elastic. Instead, I usually hear something along these lines.

“Get lower, Jay!”

“Keep moving, Jay!”

“Someone call 911 for Jay again.”

Jason is my trainer. He’s not a UFC champion. Yet. He’s relentless. He examines every move I make and tells me what I need to do better. My mind has a way of telling me, “Vely gud.” He just says, “get lower.” And when they’re done with their workouts and waiting on me to finish, the rest of the people with us are there pushing me on. And then they call 911.

I keep running into people who have given up on church. For them, listening to a preacher is enough. I always feel bad for them because they’re really missing out. Don’t get me wrong, sermons are important but there’s more to the Christian walk than just listening. You also need people. People who love you. People who know you. People who aren’t afraid to tell you to get lower.

John Piper, Fred Luter and Matt Chandler are fantastic preachers. But they can’t be there to tell you when you need to get lower. Even your own pastor can’t always do that. That takes a community of believers.

You miss that kind of community if your church is a television or if being a part of a church for you means slipping in right before the worship service starts and sprinting for your car as soon as it’s over.

Working out to a DVD made me feel good. But it wasn’t doing me any good. That never came until an actual person, someone who could actually see what I was doing, told me what I needed to work on. Even a UFC champion and his DVD-based workout routine couldn’t do that.

That’s part of why the Church is so important to your walk with Christ.

Walking with Christ means walking with other people.

People who aren’t afraid to tell you to get lower.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)

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