In every local church, we have scattered sheep. People stop attending church for numerous reasons. Yes many are sick, some work, and others play sports. Those who work and play sports can attend home bible study groups, etc.
Jesus gave a parable to encourage us to seek out, find, and restore those who are disconnected from church. "What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying?
13 "If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray.
14 "So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish" (Matt. 18:12-14).
Christians, ask God to direct you to a disconnected Christian and help them get reconnected in the church. Oh yes, don't forget to rejoice when they are restored.
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy