One thing that should make church-goers tremble, even if just briefly, is that Jesus was most gracious to heathen scum sinners and basically insulting to faithfully religious folk.
Skipping church is not the answer, by the way. Nor is the answer to run out and sin quick so you can be humbled by God. Although I will maintain that certain religious folks could use a good dose of sin to get off their self-righteousness.
There is a common theme running from the prophets, through John the Baptist, through Jesus Christ and the apostles: God hates self-righteous people. There is no group of people who gets more venom from Scripture than them.
Makes it seem that one of the last places on earth you’re likely to encounter grace is among a group of “believers.” Indeed. Been there.
“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Self-righteous people can’t repent, they don’t see the need for it. To counter that, Jesus confronted them, boldly showing that they were missing the mark.
Their answer? Kill Him! Meanwhile, sinners flocked to Him, gladly gulping down His gracious words. Which are you? What message do the folks around you need to hear? Got enough faith to pull that message off?