Why You’re Bored in Church and How to Overcome It

The Epistle of Galatians

In last week’s blog, we looked at one of the first signs to look for when people are disconnecting from their first love. The scriptures warn us about taking this path. They warn us about abandoning our first love (Revelation 2:4). The Greek word ‘abandon’ means ‘to give up’ or ‘to let go’. Jesus knows where your heart is. He knows if you’re giving up or letting go. Which way are you trending, up or down? In today’s post, we are going to look at the second sign people transmit when they are considering defecting from the from the ranks: boredom. If you’re seeing this sign in yourself, beware.

Galatians 1:6–9 (NKJV) 6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

Sign Number Two: Boredom

  • What’s one of the reasons people give for not being involved in the things of God?
  • It’s boring, church is boring, reading the Bible is boring.
  • Well, it’s only boring if you’re not doing it right.
  • Even some who have acknowledged Jesus as Savior and began their walk have fallen victim to boredom.
  • What’s up with boredom?
  • Part of it is this ‘entertainment-drenched’ society we live in.
  • We overfeed our minds on ‘junk food’ until our minds are addicted to mental candy.
  • The Urban Dictionary defines ‘mental candy’ as “an experience that is enjoyable because it stimulates the mind pleasantly but doesn’t actually make it work. Usually in reference to light and fluffy books, movies, TV shows, and other entertainment. Akin to eye candy.” 1
  • Boredom comes when our minds don’t get the sugar rush it’s accustomed to receiving.
  • So, here we are.
  • We’ve gotten dressed and gone to church and our pastor gets up to minister the Word of God.
  • A Word that He may have spent thirty hours in that week trying to prepare so you might have a good meal for your spirit man.
  • The first thought that crosses your mind?
  • ‘I already know that?’
  • Boredom stems from the thinking you engage in when you hear a message and say those words to yourself “I already know that.”
  • The reaction indicates a lack of understanding of what the Bible is.
  • The Bible is not mental candy.
  • It’s not ‘Jurassic Park’ for your brain.
  • It’s spirit food for the spirit of man.

John 6:63 (NKJV) 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

  • If it’s boring to you, that mean’s that you’re over in the mental arena instead of the spirit arena.
  • If you say, ‘I’ve heard that before’, the Word is not real to you.
  • If you say, ‘I already know that’, you don’t have light. You don’t have illumination.
  • Light, illumination, your strong spirit being built up is where the fun is.
  • Instead of candy for your mind, you need solid protein for your spirit.
  • Paul warned us against thinking we know everything.
  • Really?
  • You think you know everything there is to know about God?
  • Are you serious?

1 Corinthians 8:2 (NKJV) 2 And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.

  • Boring is an indicator.
  • It’s a red flag that you are over in the mental area.
  • Boredom is a sign of no light, no illumination.
  • God’s revelation power always goes to the hungry.
  • It goes to the humble.
  • It goes to the seeker.

Matthew 5:6 (NKJV) 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.

  • If you hunger and thirst for the knowledge of God, you will find it.
  • The Word becomes life to those who are hungry for it.
  • Life, God’s kind of life, is where the thrill is.
  • When you’re experiencing boredom, if you will just STOP and examine and say to yourself, ‘Why is what I am reading or what I am hearing not lighting my insides up?
  • You will be able to adjust, instead of allowing more boring to pile up on top of that.
  • More bad is not good.
  • Don’t keep piling on.
  • Stop and examine.
  • This is a huge problem in church.
  • How many people do you know that don’t come to church because it’s boring?
  • It’s boring to you because you are working with the Word in the wrong realm.
  • What do some church leaders do to help people with ‘boring’?
  • They put fog on the stage.
  • They put strobe lights on the stage.
  • They crank the music up until you have to wear ear plugs to keep from damaging your hearing.
  • They did it to make church ‘not boring’.
  • All they did is ‘amp’ up the mental sugar content in order to put hips in the seats.
  • One potential problem this approach causes is it keeps people locked into the mental, soulish area.
  • It keeps people from worshiping God from their spirits.
  • What is the sum of all of this in New Testament theology?
  • It amounts to a zero.
  • Why is it zero?

John 4:24 (NKJV) 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

  • God’s Word is spirit.
  • God’s ways are spirit.
  • He is a spirit.
  • And, so are you.
  • Church is not mental.
  • The body of Christ is not physical.
  • None of it is supposed to be mental.
  • Worship is in the Spirit with your spirit.
  • Truth is supposed dawn on your heart.
  • Your insides are supposed to light up, not your shoes.
  • Not once a year or every now and again.
  • All the time.

Proverbs 20:27 (NKJV) 27 The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.

  • Your spirit is supposed to light up all the time.

John 6:63 (NKJV) 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

  • Jesus said, the Words I speak to you are spirit and they are life.
  • The Word should feed your spirit.
  • It should produce life.
  • It’s perceptible.
  • It’s just like natural eating.
  • You know when you are full don’t you?
  • You know when you are content and satisfied and feeling good after eating physically don’t you.
  • Spiritually it’s the same except not your stomach you sense, it’s your spirit you sense.
  • It’s very distinct.
  • Light is supposed to dawn on your spirit all the time.
  • All the time.
  • It’s easy to get the light turned on.

Psalm 27:1 (KJV) 1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

  • Just like you know and trust that God is your salvation, know and trust that the Lord will light your heart.
  • Believe Him to shed light in your heart.

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References:

  1. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=brain%20candy