• Nick Henderson

Why you should go to church every week

Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man. – Dwight L. Moody

Over the past year or so we have seen a massive shift away from in person church attendance.

Primarily due to the pandemic, many people have made the switch from in - person church services to either online services or nothing at all.

The driver of this initially was of course COVID - 19 scares and concerns. Now, it seems the primary factor is not so much sickness as it is comfort.

Think about it: Millions of people, who typically would wake up early on Sunday mornings to get dressed, get the family ready, drive to a physical location and sit through an hour or longer church service, now just have to search their church of choice on YouTube. And proceed to watch from the comfort of their home.

Or, even worst, they don’t even stream the online service. They just treat Sunday as any another day.

This is a significant issue. The habit of attending church has been broken. Which has and continues to lead people away from God’s Plan for their lives.

And ironically, it is the church that has caused and perpetuated this problem. But that’s another blog for another day.

Christians can’t function without church. It is the catalyst for a Christ - honoring life.

Consistent church attendance must be a major priority for anyone who wants to be a mature Christian.

Specifically, there are a few reasons that one should make it a priority to attend church every Sunday:

1. Christians need connection! Zoom is nice, phone calls are cool and FaceTime is fantastic but none of those will ever replace in person connections.

As believers, we all need encouragement, support and accountability from others. People who can look as in the eye and tell us that we are either crushing it or need to improve in an area.

This connection can only be had consistently in person at a church. The church is a connection system, do not forsake the attending of it.

2. Corporate worship is way different online vs. in person. Sure, I acknowledge that one can worship online. But we can all agree it is way different worshipping with a body of believers rather than via video.

Videos and streams make it very difficult to sing along. Plus, going back to the accountability aspect, there’s no one at your house pressuring you to stay off your phone and focused during the song. At church, there is built in positive peer pressure in that regard... which we all need from time to time!

3. The Bible encourages us to GO to church. Hebrews 10:25 talks specifically about the gathering of believers. Colossians 3:16 speaks on supporting one another in the church meetings. Acts 2:42 hits on the fact that believers should be devoted to fellowship with one another.

The Bible is clear: church is vital for anyone who considers themselves a Christian.

Your faith is not designed to flourish in isolation. You can’t just do your quiet times, pray and watch sermons online. You need to gather with God’s people.

Online streams are not the future of church, they were never designed to be. They were always a band aid to patch the wound that COVID-19 inflicted on the planet.

As the wound heals, it is time to move into regular in - person church attendance. Your relationship with God and others will be better because of it.

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