There is nothing like being in the family of God. Being a part of the body of Christ means that you have fellowship, you have friends who will help you and pray for you, and you have a sense of belonging. These are all things humans naturally desire to have, and the church was designed to fill that need.
Some people may think church is unnecessary. Others go to church as long as it doesn’t interfere with any other activities; in other words, it’s not a top priority. But then, there are the people who understand the value, cherish the experience, and look forward each week to spending time in the presence of God with others of like, precious faith.
Church attendance should be an important and consistent part of a Christian’s life, for many reasons. And when it comes to the benefits of consistent church attendance, well there’s a lot to write about there as well. But for this article, we’re going to focus on three basic reasons why all God’s children should go to church.
Why Go to Church?
Like we said before, there are many reasons a Christian should be faithful to church. We could write for the rest of time and would not be able to exhaust the subject. But here are three fundamental reasons we have church, and these are the reasons believers should assemble themselves together for worship, prayer, and hearing the preaching of the Word.
#1 The Bible Teaches Us to Go to Church
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
Jesus knew we would need each other, a place to come together, worship and pray together, and experience the mercies and blessings of God together. As the coming of Jesus draws closer, it’s even more important to stay faithful to the hour of God. To encourage and provoke each other to do good works and to love one another.
#2 We Need Preaching
“… it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”
1 Corinthians 1:21
The Word of God is very powerful, and helps us to walk in righteousness with God. It washes us, it guides us, and if we hide it in our heart, it helps us to remain free from sin. And the preaching of that Word is something that pleases God, and was instituted by Him as a means to place His Word in our hearts.
The church was not founded on ideas of man, but by God. He gave us the 5-fold ministry so that the body of Christ would be set free from sin, receive life more abundantly, and be prepared for the return of Jesus for His church. The preaching and ministry of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers move us on to perfection, equip us for ministry, and provide instruction and guidance to the body of Christ.
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ…”
#3 We Need Each Other
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
There is an old saying that there is safety in numbers. The saying is true for the church – there is safety and power in numbers.
This leads us to the final point, that in being faithful to church we can both be there for others, and have others be there for us when we need them. We get each other’s backs. This is really what the church is all about.
In one of Aesop’s fables, he tells a story of 3 bulls and a lion. These 3 bulls are close friends, and all stay in the same pasture. When the lion would come to attack the bulls, they would stand back to back, forming a ring of protection. When the lion would try to attack one bull, the other 2 would attack the lion. Together, they remained alive and safe, and the lion kept his distance.
Then, one day something terrible happened. The bulls decided they didn’t need each other. So they parted ways, each going to his own pasture.
Long story short, the lion ate each bull, one by one until they were all gone.
Why We Need Church
This world is a crazy place, and sometimes life is cruel. We go through good times, and we go through bad times. Regardless of social status, every human has a natural, built-in desire to be a part of something – to belong. And the family of God is where God intended him to find fulfillment for that need.
- In a church, the broken-hearted can find love and compassion.
- In a church, the addicted can find deliverance.
- In a church, the wounded can find closure and healing.
- In a church, the sinner can find grace.
- In a church, the captive can be set free.
- In a church, we are protected when we are weak, and protect when we are strong.
- In a church, the Lord speaks through his called ministry.
- In a church, we find belonging.
- In a church we find salvation.
- In a church we find Jesus, and discover He was waiting for us there all along.
If we don’t go to church, how much blessing do we forfeit? Too much.
Do yourself and your family a favor. Make church a priority in your life.