The weather sure is nice in our part of the country. Spring is finally here and that means the old temptations come back around on Sunday morning. We have all been there. On these nice spring and summer days it is real easy to skip out of church. Now we have extra chores and additional errands we need to catch up with. What about all of that yard work and for some reason the family does not seem to want to get up and out the door. We rationalize by saying, “If we attend church three out of four Sundays in the month, that’s enough, right?”
In a well written article on the subject Trevin Wax tells us that this kind of thinking is really looking at church attendance from the wrong perspective. In
“3 Reasons You Should See Going to Church as a Privilege, Not a Chore” he explains why we may need to fundamentally change our thinking about church in order to appreciate the great gift that God has given us in being part of His body, a community of fellow believers.
Many of us think about church as something we have to do; it’s another thing to check off our weekly checklists. Our view toward church attendance can begin to be transformed, however, when we consider a few important things that remind us of the privilege of meeting each week specifically to focus on God and His people.
It is important to make a habit of meeting with the family of God family because He designed us for relationships. A part of growing relationship means making a habit of fellowshipping, hearing the Word of God and worshipping the Lord together. Personal Bible study and prayer are integral to grow as an individual but worshipping God corporately provides us an unique opportunity to see what God is doing in the lives of His people, both locally and globally.
Apparently this has been a problem throughout the history of the church. In Hebrews 10:24-25 God calls His people not to stop meeting together: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Meeting together each week in church allows us to receive encouragement and also challenges us to encourage others. One important aspect of church attendance, then, is for us to interact with other believers and see how God is working in their lives, but still another is to realize that we need church ourselves as Christians and members of the body of Christ.
Wax notes that Christians in other countries often risk their lives to meet together and worship God. In many places, church attendance is regulated by government or the government imposes certain restrictions on churches. In addition, terrorist groups often target churches in their attacks. Why do these Christians still try to meet? Why is worshipping God together worth risking their lives? They know, like many of us in the Western world have not experienced due to our generally comfortable lives that Christians need God and we need each other.
To read more on this please visit: https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/trevinwax/2016/04/27/3-reasons-going-to-church-is-a-privilege-not-a-chore/
Or the original article at: http://www.christianheadlines.com/trending/how-important-is-church-attendance-in-the-christian-life.html
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