This is only for people who believe the Bible to be God's word.
A lot of people talk about coming to church after they get their act together. Now excuse me if I fail to understand what that means. Here is a person confused, messed up in the bondage of sin, and he is talking about getting his act together without the help of Jesus Christ? No way!!! Imagine if such were possible, one wouldn't need Christ in the first place! I thought it was Jesus' job to get us together because He is the great physician, and He seeks and saves those who are lost (Mark 2:17, Matthew 11:28–30). When we are torn apart by the evil of this life, the word of God is the light by which man can pull himself up and be placed on the right road (Ephesians 2:1–22).
A person saying that he will get himself together without God's help, is the same as saying, "I will save myself from the flood and I'm not even inside Noah's ark," (Genesis 7:17–24). Because the nature of man is contrary, he needs help to overcome his demons and that is where Christ comes in—for we can do all things through Him (Philippians 4:13).
So remember what the prophet Jeremiah said, "it is not in man that walks to direct his steps," (Jeremiah 10:23). The conclusion is that a person is going to need help in getting himself together so that God is pleased with the results.
Hope to hear from you or see you at the services.