Why is Going to Church Important?
Many people don’t understand why going to church is so important. It’s easy to believe that it’s a waste of time and something you can do on your own but that’s just not true.These are my top reasons on why it’s important to go to church.
To Fellowship with Other Christians
A lot of people say “I fellowship with my family so why go to church?” Fellowshipping with family is great if you all share common belief but it still isn’t enough. We are all a part of the body of Christ. If we all just fended for ourselves then we would all be weak:
“14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. 15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?
18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”
22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, 24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12: 14-23)
At church we come together to encourage each other. Through fellowship at church we learn from each other’s testimonies. We learn how to forgive, serve, love, and have faith. As Christians we have the perfect role model; Jesus Christ. He made sure He went to church regularly:
“16 When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures.”(Luke 4:16)
If Jesus made sure that He went to church to fellowship with other believers then shouldn’t we? Jesus even gave us instructions on what to do:
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,* baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”(Matthew 28: 19-20)
How can we serve and help others if we just stay in our homes to fellowship with our families? Each of us has spiritual gifts to help minister to and serve other people in and outside of the church body:
“10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” (1 Peter 4:10)
For Learning and Guidance
Some people believe that they can get the same teaching and guidance from TV and online as they get from church so they wonder, why go to church? That’s true but it’s still very important to have a strong, bible based church home.
As we fellowship together, like the bible tells us to, with other Christians, we have a shepherd who is over us. That is our pastor, whom God has specifically called to be over His church. Not everyone has the gift of pastoring. The pastor and other spiritual leaders over us offer spiritual protection and blessing:
“And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: 2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 3 Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. 4 And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.” (1 Peter 5: 1-4)
It is our job to follow and obey them:
“17 Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.”(Hebrews 13:17)
God created this system as a way to progress and protect His Children. If you’re a part of some TV church the pastor has never met or seen you how can he pray for you and give you the specific guidance that you need? It is important that we know the people who are over us. It is important to submit to our spiritual leaders, creating a commitment and a relationship with them, giving them the honor and respect they deserve for working hard for our Lord and Savior:
“12 Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance.”(1 Thessalonians 5: 12)
Maybe you have been scarred by finding churches that are not biblically structured and are not truly doing the work of God, and constantly wonder why go to church? It’s important to constantly look for churches that are Christ-centered and biblically structured.
You must also remember that things that time and it is important to be patient and continue to press through even when things are going horribly wrong in your life. What we go through only makes us stronger and will help someone who may go through the exact same thing later on down the road.
Don’t allow the reason you go to church be based on tradition. Going to church only helps us grow our relationship with God and helps us become stronger and better people of this world.
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