Normal Christian Doctrine Explained: Church Attendance


Maybe you are a Christian, maybe not. There is so much information at the press of a button these days that it is important to know what is truth and what is not truth. In these series of blogs, we will present super basic beliefs that Christians hold.

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What does the bible say about church attendance?

The Bible tells us to meet together as believers and to encourage one another.  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—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Also, as members of the body of Christ, we belong to each other.  Romans 12:5 explains, “… so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”  It is actually for our own good that God want us in fellowship with other believers. We need each other to grow up in the faith, to learn to serve, to love one another, and to practice forgiveness.   Though we are individuals, we still belong to one another.

When you give up on attending church, what’s at stake? Well, to put it in a nutshell: the unity of the body, your own spiritual growth (Ephesians 4:2), protection and blessing (1 Peter 5:1-4) are all at risk when you’re disconnected from the body of Christ.

Christ’s body is made of many parts, yet it is still one unified entity (1 Corinthians 12:12, 27).  How else will we grow spiritually unless we interact with other believers? We learn humility, gentleness and patience, developing the character of Christ as we relate within the body of Christ.  Also, in the body of Christ we exercise our spiritual gifts to serve and minister to one another.

Need One More Reason to Go to Church?

Jesus went to communal worship as a regular practice. Luke 4:16 says, “He went to Nazareth, where He had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day He went into the synagogue, as was His custom.”  It was His custom—His regular practice—to go to worship.  If Jesus made it a priority to meet together with other worshippers, shouldn’t we, as His followers, do so also?

What from the above statements challenge you? Do you think you can be a Christian apart from the Body of Christ?


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