There are several biblical reasons to go to church.
2020 brought with it unprecedented challenges.
Many believers continue to struggle with these challenges today.
While some Christians are out of the habit of attending church due to COVID-19, others may remain prohibited from physical attendance by state restrictions.
As believers, we understand that going to church isn’t what saves us.
Jesus states in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
In other words, a personal relationship with Christ remains our top priority.
Nevertheless, there are biblical reasons to go to church.
Here’s what you need to know about assembling with fellow believers to worship Jesus and why it matters.
After a year of sitting at home, it’s natural to feel hesitant about when to return to church.
This hesitation can get exacerbated by concerns about becoming sick, a desire not to wear masks, and prohibitive local restrictions.
Whether you’ve fallen into a bad habit of sleeping in on the weekends or hate wearing a mask, it’s essential to understand the power unlocked by assembling with other believers in the name of Jesus.
Christians don’t go to church because we think it’ll save us.
Believers Gathering Together Is Essential To Walk in Faith.
It also proves vital to our transformation into the image of Christ.
From worship to hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ, attending a godly church is part of our Christian walk.
After all, Jesus called us to be his corporate body of believers, and he gave up his life for the church (Ephesians 5:25).
Of course, we’re not referring to a building when we say “church” but rather the gathering of believers in God’ Name.
When you assemble for church, do it in remembrance of this sacrifice.
Regular church attendance will help you cultivate a relationship with Christ by gaining a better understanding of the teachings found in the Bible.
It’ll fuel your zeal and renew your spirit.
God created us to commune with one another and doing this with other believers will energize you!
In the Dust of the Rabbi
When Jesus called the 12 disciples, they gave up everything to follow him.
And follow him, they did. To the point of being covered in his dust as they walked.
As Jesus’s disciples, they committed to imitating and conforming to God’s ways. In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul writes, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”
As Jesus’s church, we must do the same thing today.
For example, we’re encouraged in Galatians 2:20 to die to ourselves and let Christ live in us.
One way to imitate our Lord and Savior is to walk in his footsteps, becoming covered in his spiritual dust.
As the Gospels make clear, Jesus attended church regularly.
In Luke 4:16, we learn, “On the Sabbath day [Jesus] went into the synagogue, as was his custom.”
We find other passages supporting Jesus’s regular attendance at religious services in Mark 1:21 and Luke 6:6.
What’s more, we also see the early believers gathering regularly to worship the Lord, despite terrible persecution from both Jewish and Roman authorities.
For example, in Acts 11:26, we read about the first “Christians” located at Antioch.
This history tells us that Barnabas and Paul met with the church for an entire year, teaching the multitudes and bringing many to the faith.
But the benefits of going to church don’t stop there.
We’ve already discussed some highly compelling reasons to go to church.
Not only is it what Jesus (and the first disciples) would do, but Jesus died for the church.
Biblical Reasons To Go To Church – Step Out In Faith
Stepping out in faith to attend a biblically-based church also permits us to learn and understand the Scriptures on a deeper level.
Sound teaching lets us see the Word in a new light, unlocking keys to a deeper spiritual walk.
Church ramps up our walk of faith and grows us spiritually.
This reality is confirmed in Colossians 3:16.
Believers are admonished to teach one another in all wisdom while letting Christ dwell within.
In Paul’s epistle 2 Timothy 2:15, he instructs believers, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approves, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
Attending church can help us fulfill this teaching.
Biblical Reasons To Go To Church – Biblical Guidance
Believers also profit from more guidance when it comes to our walk with God.
After all, Proverbs 11:14 reminds us that without guidance, a people will fall.
What’s the antidote to life in a fallen state according to this verse?
An abundance of biblically-founded counselors.
We’re also told in Proverbs 24:6 that waging spiritual warfare requires wise guidance, and victory comes through wise counselors.
Encouragement and Fellowship
As you can see, biblically sound reasons to assemble with fellow believers abound.
By receiving wise teachers’ counsel, we can move past subsistence on spiritual milk, growing into the maturity needed to handle solid food (1 Corinthians 3:2).
Going to church provides you with invaluable opportunities to fellowship with our Lord and Savior.
In Matthew 28:20, Jesus reassures us that he will be with us “to the very end of the age.”
Is there anything more comforting than the knowledge of his constant presence, especially in times of trouble?
What’s more, in 1 John 1:3, we’re told that our fellowship is with The Father and The Son.
In numerous New Testament passages, we receive encouragement to share, teach, and fellowship with other believers.
And it doesn’t require many to make a church. As Matthew 18:20 reminds us, Jesus will be with us where two or three gather in his name.
In Hebrews 10:24-25, it instructs us to help one another by meeting together for teaching, encouragement, and the working of good deeds.
Galatians 6:2 instructs us to bear one another’s burdens so that we may “fulfill the law of Christ.”
Why Go to Church?
As you can see, countless examples of Jesus and his disciples meeting corporately to worship and fellowship with God exist in the Bible.
The early believers found comfort in assembling, drawing strength from one another as the body of Christ.
Romans 12:4-5 even goes so far as to argue that each member of Christ’s body belongs to all the others.
And in verses 12:6-8, Paul reminds us that we each have different spiritual gifts that all work together to glorify God and spread the Good News.
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