Three Reasons to go to church
Attending church can be nothing more than a hassle sometimes. After a week’s long slogging, there is one day of rest before another week begins. Why should I go to church and listen to someone speak about God when it is convenient to do so at home?
I’ve asked this question to myself several times. I am sure this has passed all our minds, at some point of our lives. In a time and age like ours, the internet is making everything accessible; especially worship services, by bringing the church to our homes. Not that it is wrong; it is good in its own way. However, this furthermore intensifies the need to find answer to the question: why attend church?
While there are many reasons justifying why we cannot attend church on a Sunday or any day your church conducts regular services, I personally believe there is much that could be missed by not attending church services. Here are three essential reasons.
The Promise of the Presence of God
Habakkuk 2:20 speaks about a promise that was given to as a response to Habakkuk’s cries. Yes, it was a different context, however, focusing on the verse, we read, “But the Lord is in his Holy Temple, let all the earth keep silence before Him.” 2 Chronicles 5:13 &14 says, God’s Glory filled the house of God! The ministers could not stand to minister. The Power of God, the God’s amazing Glory is assured here in the temple of God(church). God’s Glory or God’s presence is present in the temple, in the church. According to James 4:10, God exalts those who humble themselves in His presence.
The Bible repeatedly affirms that the presence of God purifies us and teaches our hearts and conscience to be right. While its true that God is omnipresent through the Holy Spirit, abiding with us always and everywhere, not many of us can claim that we experience His presence daily. The church has God’s promise and assurance of His presence. Experiencing the presence of God in the church can transform our hearts to experience his presence every day of our lives as well.
"The powerful presence of God is present in the church and experiencing this presence is our privilege"
The Experience of a Communion
A Bible verse we know very well is from Matthew 18:20, "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them." The presence of God is assured when people gather in God's name. A church is a place where more than 2-3 can gather and not just experience God's presence but also enjoy fellowship with God's children. We are created to be social and communal beings. Church allows us to be part of a community that can care for each other, pray for each other, provide for each other, and encourage each other through testimonies. Worshipping God together as a community not only draws us closer to God but also to each other.
Church, unlike other social gatherings, brings communal beings like us to be part of a community that is worthwhile and impactful"
The Duty of Evangelisation
As believers of Jesus Christ, each of us are called to do something in the kingdom of God. Ephesians 4: 11-13 says, " And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors, and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God."
As believers of Jesus, we have to use our gifts to serve the Kingdom of God, and through the church, God leads us to use our gifts as a means to share the gospel and help people. Every work that we get to involve in the church, it is a ministry and a form of evangelisation.
"We've been given the greatest task of making God known to other people. The Church facilitates this task of ours and helps us reach that goal"
In conclusion, God is not cruel in punishing us when we fail to go to church because of our circumstances; instead, he encourages us to do so because gathering as a church edifies us. When entertainment and other secular industries encourage us to get a membership for added benefits, how much more blessings can we experience by being members of God's church and community.
The church here does not mean physical gathering at the moment because of the pandemic. However, God has provided other means to worship together as a church. We can still continue to be part of the church until we can meet physically. Stay safe, stay home, stay connected