There’s a popular belief that everything can be done online nowadays. And maybe it’s true for a lot of things. But church shouldn’t be one of them. I think it’s great to be able to stream a service when you’re unable to go but this shouldn’t be your regular routine. If it is you’re truly cheating yourself from several things.
First of all, being in a church service and worshiping with other believers in the presence of God…well, there’s nothing better. Our Pastor reminds us often that it isn’t a church building that changes you but it’s the presence of God that changes you. Don’t miss out on experiencing that firsthand.
Another reason to attend church is to be built up and encouraged through the teaching of God’s word. The Bible is the infallible, indestructible, irrefutable holy word of God. If you attend a church that preaches something else then I suggest finding a church that is founded on the word of God. This should be nonnegotiable.
Another reason to attend church is being connected with other believers. All of us go through trials, disappointments, or suffering of some kind. We all suffer loss. Loss of a job, a loved one. The list goes on and on. Being connected makes the tough times a little more tolerable. We are blessed to have a group of church friends that we call our framily. Friends that are family. We have weathered lots of storms together. We request prayer during tough times and are able to encourage each other. If we hadn’t been connected at church twenty years ago then we would have never experienced the friendships we’ve been blessed to enjoy.
I could keep going with my reasons to attend church but I’ll end with this. Raising your kids in church allows them to find godly men and women to look up to. Andrew and Lydia have several wonderful people in our church who love them and encourage them to follow after God. They challenge them to be their best. If I die tomorrow I know that these wonderful people will come even closer to my kids and love them and be there for them.
You might find a great deal on a pair of boots online but you’ll never have the depth of fellowship with other believers if you don’t attend church in person. Being a part of the body of Christ will help you grow spiritually. Have you ever seen a toe all on its own that’s healthy and thriving? No. A toe that’s not connected to a body is useless. So get connected to a local body and see how God uses you to help others and also uses others to help you.
It can be scary being the new person but we’ve all been there before. Take the first step and I believe you won’t regret it. And if someone has hurt you in church then don’t let that keep you from going. We’ve all been hurt and we’ve all been the ones to cause others to hurt.
I hope you feel encouraged to go to church. If you have questions please comment below or share any thoughts or opinions. I would love to hear from you.
“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.”
1 Corinthians 12:12 NLT
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT