Reasons For Faithful Church Attendance

February 10, 2015

Reasons For Faithful Church Attendance

            Christians who are negligent in church attendance are depriving themselves of a tremendous benefit.   If you aren’t attending faithfully a good local church, God will be hindered in doing much of what he wants to do for you and through you.  Faithful church attendance is something God expects of us, and it is for our good.  The following are some reasons why you should make it a habit to be in church regularly.

  1. Being in church affords you an opportunity to lift up your voice in praise to God with other believers. God is not unjust in his desire to be worshiped.  John 4:23-24 says, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.   God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” God is worthy of being worshiped.   As a result of knowing God personally, our natural response should be a desire to worship him. It is the nature of man to want to worship a higher being.  Psalm 66:1-4 says, “Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:  Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.  Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! Through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.   All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name.”  For us, it should be a joy to go to God’s house.  Psalm 122:1 says, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.”  Then in Ephesians 5:19 we read, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”
  1. Another reason for faithful church attendance is that it affords to us a means of gaining knowledge of spiritual truth and right living. We will never come to the place where there is nothing more that it is beneficial for us to learn.  Micah 4:2 says “And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” He who loves God wants to know more and more about him.  He has revealed himself through his Word.  A godly pastor spends hours each week praying, studying, meditating, and preparing messages to preach to his people.  When he preaches to you, it is his desire to lead you to have, first of all the right relationship with God. Secondly he wants you to have a closer relationship with him.  Thirdly, he wants to help you have a good relationship with others.  God wants us to be disciples.  A disciple is a learner.  God has a lot to teach us.  The local church is a place where we are taught.
  1. If you are truly a child of God, then we know that God has given to you a talent, or what the Bible calls a gift. Romans 12:4-8 tells us about the body of Christ.  Verse six of that passage implies that all members of the body of Christ have a talent.  “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith.” There is no better place to use your talent than in the local church.  It is there that you can learn how to use it.  The church isn’t the only place where you can use your talent, but that is the most logical place to start.
  1. Another good reason for faithful church attendance is because it is there that you can have fellowship with other believers. You need that.  Fortunate are those who have a host of  good friends.  They enjoy the reality of Romans 12:15. “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”  Your friends are at your side to rejoice with you when you rejoice.  They are also there when you go through a hardship.  I have been reminded of that more than once when I have gone to visit a church member who is hospitalized.  I often found their bed surrounded by their friends from church. Sometimes the nurses demanded that some leave.  On looking around, I noticed that other patients had one or two visitors.  Many didn’t have any.

Some are hesitant about church attendance and church membership because they want to escape accountability.  They want to live their life any way they want to and not have to answer to anyone.  Let me remind you, that’s a dangerous way to live.  If you sincerely want to do right, then you have nothing to fear about being an active part of a good local church.  Hebrews 10:24 says, “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.” The next verse tells us that we should not be negligent about assembling ourselves together. “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.”

  1. Last of all, you need to attend church faithfully because, if you are a child of God, it is what he expects of you. You are A.W.O.L. if you don’t.  The local church is something God has provided for you.  If you aren’t attending faithfully, you aren’t in a position where God can work in your life the way he wants to.  I Timothy 3:14-15 says, “These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:   But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” If you aren’t faithful in church God can’t use you the way he would like to.  If you are a child of God, it should be your desire to know and do the will of God.   “It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (I Corinthians 4:2).   Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  There is no doubt but what faithful church attendance is God’s will for you.

(See also my article “You Need to be in Church,” under “Local church.”)

If you have questions or comments you can send them to us at the following address:  rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

 

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