In the modern age we live in church attendance seems to be something of the past. It seems that there is a generation that feels actually attending a church service is something that they could live with or without. If you were to travel across America you would find the average age in Church is up and the average attendance is down. I speak with so many Pastors and their response is the same, “we simply do not have service because nobody would come”. Especially during this time of year, we find so many things to occupy our mind and time. We have work, vacation, family time and hobbies. Don’t think this preacher to be foolish, this is not speaking of those shut ins and those with sickness or difficulty that keeps them from the house of God. Rather this is speaking of those who find excuses built from flimsy reasoning. I also realize that there is a movement in our country to discredit the local church. They make reasoning such as it was never designed to be the way we have it today. I realize that our method may not be the same, that we have seen changes take place through the ages but with time comes necessary changes to our method but not our message. Yet I find within the boundaries of Holy Scripture a truth that there were places set aside for the purpose of the Body of Christ to gather together. Those places were called Churches. Whether they were located within the walls of an individual’s home, by a river, or even in a rented facility, there is strong proof of a place where the congregation could gather. I want to show you four reasons why you need to attend your local church faithfully.
I can find grounds through the book of Acts showing that there were places called churches. However, the greatest argument I find for faithful church attendance is found in the book of Hebrews. Here Paul makes this strong statement:
Here it is obvious that Paul was encouraging the faithful attendance to the meetings of the local church. I want you to know first that it is scriptural to be faithful to church. I realize that everything else would pull at you and encourage you to go another route, but the word of God is clear that we are to be faithful to the assembling of the church. Not just faithful but we are to grow more fervent in our faithfulness based upon the signs of the time. He says much more as we see the day approaching. What day is this? This day is the return of our Lord. Surely as a Christian you can acknowledge we are living in the last days, and if so you can surely see a need for faithful church attendance.
Solomon would write in Proverbs 27:17 that through those we spend times with we are bettered.
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Surely you can understand the comparison given here. An individual who spends their time around spiritually dull individuals will find themselves spiritually dull. Yet, the individual who spends their time around spiritual sharp individuals will find themselves spiritually sharpened. We do not attend church simply because the scriptures alone tell us to do so. No, rather we attend church because it allows us as Christians to grow, to be strengthened. I wonder today if there are weak anemic Christians trying to figure out why they do not grow spiritually, only to be absent when the church doors are opened. Surely you realize that the church is there to benefit you. You can come and grow and gain spiritual sustenance. Just as you do not miss a physical meal, these meals are prepared weekly through the life of a Sunday School Teacher, Evangelist, Preacher or Pastor.
Paul would write these words in the book of Romans:
Here Paul says he is not ashamed, or rather he lives in such a way where his Christianity is on display. You have made the statement to family, friends, and coworkers, “I am a Christian”. Yet you sit at home with the Christians gather. One of the greatest tools of evangelism is faithful attendance to the house of God. It shows the lost world that there is something real within your life that you have dedicated your life to. It shows the world that you have dedicated that Sunday, or that Mid-week Service to coming to the House of God. It shows them that work takes second place. It shows them that recreation takes second place. It shows them that even family events take second place. When you pull out of your driveway and head to Church, it shares with the world that you have something different. Now do not believe that church attendance is an excuse to avoid personal evangelization but rather it is another tool that God gives us in our daily evangelizing.
John wrote this in his first epistle:
The last reason we go attend church is to show the savior our love for him. John wrote that we love him. I hope today Christian that you love him. I hope that your love is a passionate love and not as the church of Laodicea, a lukewarm love. The bible is clear that we should love him for the fact that he did love us and gave himself for us. The greatest gift you were ever given was eternal life and it given based upon his finished work on Calvary. I wonder today what your church attendance says about your love. If we were to measure your love for the savior based upon your church attendance what would it say. You may respond, “I can love him at home”. However, I want you to remember he did say, “If you love me, keep my commandments”. You see a biblical love is a love that causes physical action. Because you love him it causes you to desire to act or respond in a particular manner. When our love is in the right place then our actions will cause us to do the right things. Does your Church attendance equate the love that you proclaim you have for him?
Today I want you to consider the truth. The truth that God established the local church, and that he desires for his children to be actively supporting their local church, through their attendance. I am not sure where you attend church or what denomination you attend. I do know this, if your name is attached on the membership roll of that church and you are physically able, you should be there on Sunday Morning. If your name is not attached to a church, then I would encourage you to find a church that adheres to the principles found within the Bible. Make a commitment today