Christians are often told about the benefits of the church. And they’re often encouraged to go to church as much as possible.
But while going to church and attending Sunday School is certainly the norm among believers, is it actually biblical?
We’ve compiled a list of 7 biblical reasons to go to church.
Reason #1: Because You Get To Hear God’s Word
Everybody knows James 1:22 and how Christians are called to be “. . . Doers of the Word and not hearers only. . . ”
As much as we like to talk about the importance of doing God’s Word, there’s also a “hearing” component to it. At church, Christians can hear the Word being preached directly from the pulpit.
Reason #2: To Be Like Christ
The original Greek word for Christian translates to “Follower of Christ.” Throughout the New Testament, Jesus, who was the literal son of God, regularly went to the synagogue right up until his death. Modern believers can follow his example by going to church.
Reason #3: To Encourage Other Members of the Body
Paul compared the Church to the human body in part because in both cases, there are different parts working together to make up a much larger whole.
In the same way that sometimes seeing your fellow believers in Christ after a hard week can change your whole perspective, you attending church can have the same effect on others.
Reason #4: To Worship With Other Believers
Although we can sing God’s praises at any time, there’s nothing like having a powerful moment of worship with like-minded believers who are all praising God as one. Whether you’re into hymns or Hillsong, there are many different types of churches for believers to choose from.
Reason #5: To Grow in Your Understanding of the Faith
When you’re reading the Bible and learning on your own, there are a lot of passages and verses that can be confusing and hard to understand.
At many churches, including Parkway Fellowship, you have the option of joining a small group during the week if you want to talk things over in-depth. However even if your long-term intention is to join a Bible study group, the Sunday service can still do a lot to help you develop and refine your understanding of both scripture and the faith.
Reason #6: To Set an Example for Other Believers
Sleeping in once may not feel like the end of the world. But imagine what would happen if everybody did the same thing.
In 1 Timothy 4:12, Paul encourages Timothy to be an example to the other believers. You may not know it, but there could be people in your congregation who look up to you spiritually.
Reason #7: To Put God First
In Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells us to seek the Kingdom of God first. While we may not be asked to leave our homes like Abraham or to be crucified like Peter, we can put Jesus first every week by going to church to learn more about him.
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Going to church isn’t just a nice-to-have guideline for believers. As we’ve demonstrated, there are biblical reasons to go to church as well.
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