There is a sad trend today and it is the decline of church attendance. In this fast-paced world, it seems that our time is so limited and people think that their weekends are too valuable to be spent in church. Some people take advantage of their weekends as a time to rest and sleep. Some would rather use it to do the things they can’t do during weekdays.
No matter what the excuse and reasoning of people may have to skip church services, there is no denying how it can negatively affect the spiritual growth of a Christian. So why do we need to attend church services? Is it really necessary for us, Christians, to make it a weekly habit?
In this post, let me share with you some reasons that you need to attend to church services.
1. God commands us to join church services.
While most people attend church services on Sundays, I do it on Saturdays as what the Bible reveals. One of the Ten Commandments is to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). It is not enough to rest on the Sabbath day but we also need to gather as a “holy convocation” (Leviticus 23:3). God makes it very clear that He commands us to attend church services.
2. Purposely not attending church services is a sin.
God makes it plain and simple that we need to attend church services. This is not a request, but a COMMAND. Therefore, not attending church services is paramount to breaking God’s commandments and that means we are sinning. Of course, there are situations beyond our control that may prevent us from coming to Sabbath services. In those cases, God understands that.
3. Sabbath services help us to know more about God.
One of the reasons that God wants us to keep the Sabbath and attend His church services is to help us remember that He is our Creator. The Sabbath command points us back to the re-creation week mentioned in Genesis 1. In church services, we are taught who God is and what He expects from us.
4. Attending church services shows our priorities in life.
If you consider God as your top priority (and it should be according to Matthew 6:33), you will spend time with Him. No matter how busy your life is, you will give time to those things you value the most. So if you value God, then you will surely attend church services.
5. Jesus kept the Sabbath.
Luke 6:14 tells us, “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, AS HIS CUSTOM WAS, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” It was the custom of Christ to go into the synagogue, a place of worship, every Sabbath. Custom means a habit, tradition, and established practice. So if Christ did it, why shouldn’t we?
6. Attending church services makes us spiritually strong.
When we assemble with like-minded Christians, we learn from each other. We motivate, inspire, and love each other better. Compare that to just staying at home. We are spiritually stronger when we are together and united. Hebrews 10:25 strongly urges us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves but rather exhort one another.
7. Attending church services is essential to strengthen our faith.
The Bible reveals that “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). During Sabbath services, you get to hear God’s messages through His servants. If you make it a habit of hearing God’s word, then you will undoubtedly increase and strengthen your faith.
8. Not attending church increases your chance of straying away from the path of righteousness.
If you stop attending church services, there is a bigger chance that your conscience will be seared with hot iron. Initially, you feel guilty about not going to church, but eventually you will feel no guilt anymore. This is a dangerous path for Christians to take. Those who stop attending church will likely fall into one of Satan’s traps. Nature teaches us that if you don’t stay with the herd, you will most likely be a prey to the lion.
9. Attending church is a form of worship to God.
We go to church not just to fellowship with one another and hear God’s word, but also to worship Him. God is excited every time we sing hymns and praises to Him. We sing to God not because He needs it, but singing godly music helps us appreciate the love, kindness, mercy, and justice of God.
10. Church services help the Body of Christ to function effectively.
When we are baptized, we become part of Christ’s Body. Attending church services gives us an opportunity to use our spiritual gifts and to learn how to serve one another as what Christ has shown us. As an organized group of Christians, we can do mightier work through God’s blessings.
These are just some of the important reasons why we need to attend church services. Of course, it goes without saying that attending church services is more than just being present. You need to take advantage of every opportunity to grow spiritually as a Christian.
Don’t just come to church services whenever you feel like it. Attending church services is an integral part of being a Christian. It must be one of the top priorities when we plan our schedules for the week. Yes, there is always some of those things that we thought would be better to do on Saturdays (or Sunday for most people), but these reasons should compel you that attending church is still the BEST way to spend your weekend.