We’ve all heard excuses why people don’t go to church anymore. Common ones include:
- The church is full of hypocrites. (I’m sorry if that’s been your experience, but I encourage you not to let other people’s mistakes steal your opportunity to grow closer to God by sitting under Bible preaching.)
- Someone at church wasn’t nice to me. (Hello! News flash: Christians aren’t perfect. And which of us hasn’t said something we later regretted and wished for a second chance?)
- The Bible isn’t relevant. (God’s Word is the most time-enduring book there is. If you take time to read it, you may discover why.)
So instead of finding excuses not to go, let’s look at two more reasons church matters for us today.
#3: A Place to Serve
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV)
If you’ve grown up in church, you probably know Ephesians 2:8-9 by heart, but verse 10 is equally important. Although we are not saved by good works, God designed us to do them–to share the gospel with others and to shine for His glory.
Church isn’t the only place we can serve, but it certainly is a start. Opportunities abound and include: praise team, orchestra, choir, children’s church, youth group, AWANA, VBS, ushering, greeting, etc. For many, church offers training opportunities for future ministry and outreach.
If you’re not already serving in God’s house, I challenge you to ask Him to show you a ministry where you can plug in and share His love with others.
#4: A Place to Remember
And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19 ESV)
Jesus told His followers to remember Him by observing the Lord’s Table, an ordinance churches practice to this day. In doing so, we remember His sacrifice on the cross and look forward to His return.
Whether your church observes communion once a week or once a month doesn’t matter. This practice provides reflection and self-examination (I Cor. 11:28) and private worship in a communal setting. It sets apart intentional time to make sure nothing is between our souls and our Savior.
You can probably think of more reasons why church matters, and I hope you do! But perhaps someone at church has burned you. Maybe taking a break seems like a good idea.
I’ll be the first to admit church has disappointed me at times, but more often than not, I’ve been fed God’s Word, challenged in my spiritual walk, and blessed by going (and giving back).
No church is perfect, but God never designed for us to walk this life alone. Being part of a local body of believers keeps us connected and accountable.
The choice to attend church is yours and not one to be taken lightly. I hope you won’t walk away like so many have but stay faithful to the Lord and His house.
Join the conversation! What are your reasons for attending church? What ones would you add to this list?