Churches are just now reaching pre-pandemic attendance levels, which is exciting news! However, one group that has noticeably not returned is young adults. The American Survey Center studied how the pandemic affected church attendance for all ages, demographics, socioeconomic statuses, and education levels. You can check out their report here. Only 58% of young adults said that their church attendance nowadays is the same as attendance before the pandemic. 30% are going to church less often while only 12% are going to church more often than before the pandemic. Healthy community is a necessity for our Christian walk. As much as possible, we all need to be encouraging our friends to go back to church or at the very least, find some form of Christian community.
Song of the Week
Phil Wickham has released a new song titled "This is Our God," and whenever he releases something, the Christian music world pays attention. The song is almost certainly going to start appearing in churches' worship sets in the near future. The song proclaims what God has done and more importantly, who He is. He is the God that moves mountains, kills giants, beat the grave, and forgives our sins. Don't ever underestimate what He can do.
Check out our running playlist of this season's songs on Spotify here.
Christianity cannot be done in isolation. A fellowship of believers can encourage, challenge, and point each other to Christ. Acts 2:42-47 is a perfect example of a fellowship of believers that are unified by the power of Christ. There were signs and wonders, people were selling their possessions to help those in need, and serving communion daily. Because of the shining light that they became in the community, "The Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." There is power in a unified Christian community.
One of the best parts of community is that you don't have to walk through life alone. Sometimes, though, we can find ourselves without a home for a variety of reasons. In these situations, it can be extremely hard because loneliness is one of the most difficult feelings, but you're still not alone. God is always with us, as cliche as it is.
Matthew 28:20 - "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
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