Why should I go to church?
There are many believers who don't attend church today. They reason that they do not need to attend because they do not see the relevance of church or that they do not have time for church. If our mind and reasoning are above knowledge of the Word of God then we are sinning. Our mind and reasoning should be in line with the Word of God. We are to be obedient to His Word, Principles, Knowledge and Wisdom. When our mind reason against the Word, we are rebelling against God and His Word.
Not going to church continuously is rebelling continuously.
Biblical reasons why I should attend church:
- To be like Jesus, to imitate Him
"And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read."
Jesus developed a habit of going to church. Our main goal is imitate Christ. His custom was attending church, we need to do the same.
- Obeying God's Word and command
"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,"
God who instituted the church has said that we should not neglect the gathering of the saints.To do so is to sin and to be fighting against God. Gamaliel, a doctor of the Law declared that no man can win when they fight against God (Acts5:34-39). If we want to obey God then we must keep his institution.
- To be under spiritual authority
The New Testament teaches that every believer is to be under the protection and nurture of the leadership and authority of the local church. These godly people can shepherd the believer by encouraging, admonishing, and teaching. It provides accountability and responsibility. God designed this system of accountability for the progress and protection of His flock. This will not be possible unless we are a part of an organized fellowship which has identified pastors,elders, or leaders. Submission necessitates a commitment and relationship to a local body of believers and to their spiritual leaders. If a believer refuses to be in church and under its authority then the believer is acting like a bastard who has no spiritual parent to correct and instruct him/her.
- It is an expression of our love and obedience to God
"Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me."
If we say that we love Jesus, then we will do what he says. When we go to church, we are saying that we love and obey the Lord's sayings. we submit to his authority.
- You and your family need godly influence
Living in a world where good is now considered evil and vice versa, we need to see that there are others who believe like we do. Your family and specially your children need to see that other families and people believe the same Word of God that you believe. This gives them courage to face unbelieving friends and to stand true. It is a fact that children who attends church have higher values than children who do not.