At 64 pages in length, the book "How To Walk Into Church" has quite a bit of meat to it. Here are several quotes on from this small, but useful book. We would recommend getting a copy, reading it, and passing it along to others in your church as well.
...how you walk into church will be determined by what you think church is, and what you think you're doing there. 10
We come to church not only to be loved and blessed by God, but also to love and bless others around us. We come not to spectate or consume, nor even to have our own personal encounter with God. We come to love and to serve. As we'll see… this focus on loving and serving and encouraging those around us is a prominent theme in the Bible's teaching about our role at church. 13
The word that is translated as 'church' in our Bibles simply means a gathering or assembly of people. 15
So this is God's majestic purpose in Christ: to save and redeem and gather around himself a people from every nation, to give them confident access to his own presence, and one day to reveal that mighty assembly of his people in the new creation. In other words, God's purpose in Christ is to build his church. 20
The very reason God has saved us is so that we will be part of his eternal church (his assembly, his congregation), and so he calls us now to gather together as his people, as we wait for the time when that great congregation from every nation will be revealed for all to see. Because God has already called us into that heavenly assembly around his throne, we also gather in local assemblies here and now. 22
The most basic reason we go to church is simply that we belong together around God. It's what we were made for, and what God has saved us for. His whole purpose in Christ is to save and gather his people around himself, and our local churches are the manifestation of that purpose here and now. 26
The one abiding in ultimate principle that should drive everything about our church gatherings is love-not love in the sense of 'I love ice cream', or 'I love playing golf', but love as a constant attitude that seeks the good of other people rather than myself. 31
In reality, what really stops many of us from turning up more frequently to church is a failure to grasp just how vital the 'ministry of turning up' really is. One of the most important acts of love and encouragement we can all engage in is the powerful encouragement of just being there-because every time I walk into church, I am wearing a metaphorical t-shirt that says, "God is important to me, and you are important to me." And on the back it says, "and that's why I wouldn't dream of missing this."
Similarly, when we stay away for no good reason one week out of three (or more), we send the opposite message.
And so perhaps the most important thing you can do before you walk into church is simply to plan to show up-every week-unless some emergency intervenes. Church needs to move into that category of non-negotiable fixtures around which we plan other things. 36-37
When I remember to pray about church (either the night before or just before I go), it's quite incredible-actually, we might say quite unsurprising-how often those prayers are answered; that is, how often rich opportunities for encouragement and growth present themselves in church that week, either for me personally or for those around me as we talk together. 39
The easiest way to get such a conversation started [after worship] is to bounce off the sermon that you've all just heard. Over coffee, you might ask your friend, "What did you get out of the sermon today? ", and that might get something going. But often a really general question like that leaves people stumped. It's usually better to say something more specific. As you're listening to the sermon, jot down a question that you have for a key point that really challenged you, and then share that with someone after church. You might say, "That was really interesting what the pastor said this morning about forgiveness. I never really understood the connection between God for giving us and us forgiving others. What did you think?" This will often lead to an interesting and mutually helpful chat over the Word. But even if it doesn't, you've been an encouragement to your friend. 53-54
To see a review of the book by blogger Tim Challies, click here. To purchase a copy for yourself, click here.