The Importance Of Church Attendance

November 17, 2013

The Importance of Church Attendance

            If you aren’t faithfully attending a church, you are missing a tremendous blessing that God has made available to you. It is unfortunate that some believers think they can serve God without a church.  Some who attend a church don’t give it the importance it should have.

Theologians say we are in “the church age.” By that they mean that God is now doing his work in the world by means of churches.  That’s what the Bible teaches.

In Matthew 28:18-20, just before Jesus ascended into heaven, he left his followers with what is called “the great commission.”  “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.   Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:    Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” He left the work he began in the hands of his disciples.  How did they go about carrying out this great commission?  When we read the book of Acts we find them involved in starting churches.  In Acts 2:41 we read “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” “Ah,” some may say, “It doesn’t say they were added to the church.” That’s true, but if we go on reading to verse 47 it says, “Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”

In I Timothy 3:15 the Apostle Paul wrote that we ought to know how to behave ourselves in God’s house.  He calls it “the pillar and ground of the truth.”  That means that the church should serve in the defense and propagation of the truth.  People in the church should be zealous in the proclamation and defense of what the Bible teaches. To do that, they need to know what the Bible teaches.

In Acts 1:8 Jesus says that we have been empowered to be his witnesses.  “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” This is a responsibility that rests on all believers.  If you say you are a Christian, then you are included.

There are many ways to witness. The believer should share the gospel whenever the Lord gives opportunity.  The most effective is by word of mouth.  Another way is by means of literature distribution.  In our day, many people don’t read books but they may read a small pamphlet.  Gospel tracts constitute a convenient way of approaching people.  The first Christians didn’t have access to tracts.  Tracts should be selected with care to be sure they say what needs to be said.  They leave people with something to think about.  Tracts aren’t meant to be an advertising medium for your church, but they should have a stamp on them that gives the readers the address of   a church where they can find spiritual help.

Along with giving out tracts, you should give a personal testimony of what God has done for you and how much he means to you.  Along with your testimony, you can tell them what your church is doing for you and invite them to come too.

It is great if a church can have its own radio or television program.  That way the ministry of the church can be presented.  There are some who are radio and television evangelists.  Their voice reaches far beyond their   church.  In that case, they need to encourage their listeners to see their need of a Bible honoring church.  Listening to Christian radio is good, but it can’t take the place of a local church.

In Hebrews 10:25 God exhorts us to be faithful church attenders.  “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.” If you aren’t attending a good   church, you are denying yourself a spiritual resource that you need.  The following are some benefits of being part of a   church:

  1. You will be encouraged in your Christian life.  “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works” ( Hebrews 10:24).
  2. The church will keep you accountable before God.
  3. The church gives you a means of serving God as a team.
  4. You will grow in your knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.
  5. Your church will be like an extended family.  You will have people with whom you can share your joys and sorrows.

Not all churches will meet your needs.  You need a church that preaches and teaches the whole Bible.  Not all do.  Some Christians find it necessary to drive a considerable distance to attend a church that meets their needs.

You need the church and the church needs you.  It is a mutual benefit.

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