It is no secret to anyone who is taking the time to read this, that within the past few months, God has called upon me to do everything in my power to bring others to him. I often invite people to church but have found that it can take years for that invitation to be accepted. I have found that children are much more eager to come and I have spent much of my focus reaching out to children in the community.
But why aren’t adults as excited about attending as children are?
- Is it because they are not ready to face their own convictions?
- Is it because they simply have not prioritized their time to make room for God?
- Is it because they do not believe in the one and only God as our heavenly creator?
- Is it because they do not believe that the only way to eternal life is through our savior Jesus Christ?
- Is it because they are afraid of the political nonsense that has crept into many churches today?
The list can go on and on but I think the main reason most adults do not attend a local church is because they do not understand the importance of Christian fellowship. Jesus said, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20). I understand that life today makes it hard to commit to attending church every week. Many of us have full-time jobs, children to raise, a household to manage, ball games to attend, activities to run to and when it comes down to it, we just get plain tired. Then it comes down to a matter of prioritizing. Yes, you may believe in God…Yes, you believe in Jesus…but you just can’t make yourself go to church. Why? Why should you go to church?
Here is my own personal list on why you should attend church services as often as honestly possible.
- Christian Fellowship – Hebrews 10:25 says ‘Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another…’ I find that the love and support you get from other Christians helps keep you strong in your faith. Fellowship helps keep you on the right path and growing as a Christian. How much Christian support do you get from your co-workers? How about from your boss? How about the folks at the ball fields, school meetings, local bars or wherever it is you spend your time outside church and your home? Ever hear the expression ‘You are the company you keep’….Exactly. In order for you to continue growing in your faith and become what God wants you to be, you need to surround yourself with other Christians!
- To Learn – This one is pretty much common sense. The bible is a massive book. There is a lot to take in. By attending church, the bible is broke down in to smaller easier to digest lessons. There are others around to ask when you have questions. Most churches offer bible studies which helps even more. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16). It is much easier to worship and obey God when you know what is expected of you, and you do not have to learn all this alone.
- To Serve: I won’t go off on another tangent about serving, but going to church is a great place to serve God. So many things can be done to serve God, and yes, in one way or another; you need to be serving God. If you can’t serve directly at the church by leading worship, teaching a class, cleaning Sunday School rooms, preparing communion or any of the other many, many things that needs done within the church, then church is a great place to learn of other serving opportunities. Many people in need turn to the church for help which makes church a great place to offer your services. “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people” (Ephesians 6:7).
There are many reasons to go to church. I know there are those out there who do not believe that going to church is important and feel you can worship alone at home or through televangelists and whatnot and you have your opinions. My opinions come from biblical study and prayer and if our opinions happen to differ then we can agree to disagree…no negative comments please.
On a different note, let me also stress to you that church can be fun. Christian fellowship isn’t all bores and snores ya know. I am sure it is different at all churches, but where I go, Christian Fellowship is often anything but boring. For instance, any gathering with food is sure to be a good time for most and we have plenty of those. I particular enjoy the musical guests and outdoor events such as the annual community cookout or autumn wiener roasts (corn hole is sure to be a big event at those). I love the Sunrise Services at Easter and the Christmas Eve Candlelit services. My most memorable fellowship gathering would probably be when a few of the church leaders dressed up as the Soggybottom Boys and lip sang to ‘Constant Sorrow.’ I laughed so much during that one I missed half the show! There are also all the Youth Activities like VBS and the Youth Rallies that are sure to be fun and there is always something going on. I encourage you, if you do not already have a church you call home, come check us out at the Lowell Christian Church in Lowell, OH!