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Church Attendance is Important

“…not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:25

The Bible tells us we need to attend church, so we can worship God with other believers and be taught His Word for our spiritual growth. The early church “devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. We should follow that example of devotion-and do the same things. Back then, they had no designated church building, but they continued to meet every day together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their home and ate together with glad and sincere hearts. Whenever the meeting takes place, believers thrive on fellowship with other believers and the teaching of God’s word.
 
Church attendance is not just a good idea; it is God’s will for believers. Hebrews 10:25 says we should “not [be] giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Even in the early church, some were falling into the bad habit of not meeting with other believers. The author of Hebrews says that’s not the way to go. We need the encouragement that attendance affords. And the approach of the end times should prompt us to be even more devoted to coming to church.

When a person trusts Jesus Christ for salvation, they become a member of the body of Christ. For a church body to function properly, like a physical body, all of its body parts need to be present and working. It’s not enough to just attend a church; get involved in ministry, serving others and using the spiritual gifts God has given to each of us. A believer will never reach full spiritual maturity without having an outlet for his spiritual gift, and we all need the assistance and encouragement from one another,

Some of us come to church to see who else is there. Some of us come out of habit. Some of us come because we’re hurting, and we need help. Some of us come just so we can be seen. Some of us come because we are lost. Some of us come because without Jesus life is incomplete. Some of us come to hear music, or to witness the dance. Some of us come because the Word of God is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path way. Some of us come because we don’t know where else to go. Whatever the reason; church attendance, participation, and fellowship ought to be an integral part of a believer’s life. Weekly church attendance is in no sense “required” for believers, but someone who belongs to the Lord should have a desire to worship God, receive His Word, and fellowship with other believers. It’s good to see you. I’m glad you came!

 

Submitted by Deaconess Irene Gardon



The Purpose of the Church

God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” – Acts 2:24 ESV

The church is to teach biblical doctrine, so we can be grounded in our faith. The church is to be a place of fellowship, where Christians can be devoted to one another and honor one another, encourage one another, and most importantly, love one another. The church is to be a place where the believers can observe the Lord’s Supper, remembering Christ’s death and shed blood on our behalf. The church is to be a place that promotes prayer, teaches prayer, and practices prayer. Another commission given to the church is proclaiming the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ.
 
The church is called to be faithful in sharing the gospel through word and deed. The church is to be a lighthouse in the community pointing people to Christ. The church is both to promote the gospel and prepare its members to proclaim the gospel. The church is to be about the business of ministering to those in need. This included not only sharing the gospel, but also providing for physical needs (food, clothing, shelter) as necessary and appropriate. The church is also to equip believers in Christ with the tools needed to overcome sin and remain free from the pollution of the world, through biblical teaching and Christian fellowship. The church is God’s hand, mouth, and feet in this world- the Body of Christ.

 

Submitted by Deaconess Irene Gardon