Church Attendance

Why Should I Go To Church?

  • Jesus wants you to.
  • You will find spiritual growth and encouragement.
  • You will find a way to serve others and be served.
  • You will gain spiritual victory in your life.

I Don’t Have to go to Church to be a Christian...
  • If you are an employee, where do you go? If you are sick where do you go? If you are a hunter, where do you go? So, if you’re a Christian, where do you go?
I Don’t Like Organized Religion... - What do you mean? (I don’t like churches)(I have my own beliefs) What are the facts about Jesus? Created church, is the head of the church, will come for church.
I Worship by Myself or with My Family...
  • Will you be in heaven by yourself? What does Jesus say? Did Jesus only worship by Himself?
I Have My Own Beliefs...
- What are they? What are the facts about Jesus?
There Are Hypocrites At Church...
  • And the sick are at the hospital..let us not judge one another. The Redeemed are at church too. You?

I’m Busy on Sunday Morning & Wednesday...
  • Understood. Is there anything more important than your relationship with God and others? What does that make it? (An idol).

The Church Only Wants My Money...
  • It’s God asking for you to give a portion of it back. He has given you 100% of it. You are His steward of that money.

Ok, I’ll come!....(but don’t) (Luke 14)
  • Jesus told of 3 excuses. Which one is yours?
  • bought land, need to look at it (possessions=idol)
  • bought oxen, need to try them out (work=idol)
  • just got married, so cannot come (pleasure=idol)
  • If refuse, won’t taste of His banquet.

Just not interested...
  • What are you interested in or passionate about?
  • Will they make your life count?
  • Who was the third greatest baseball player? richest?
  • They have no eternal value. Will be burned up.

We go to church to worship publicly and corporately. God dwells in an atmosphere of corporate worship.

1. Jesus wants you to.

The church is also called the Bride of Christ. Jesus inaugurated the church after being raised from the dead and before ascending to heaven. Jesus is returning to get His church. We will all sit down at the wedding supper.

How can you claim to be a Christ follower when you don’t go to church and worship? The Holy Spirit dwells within every other believer at church. Why wouldn’t you want to be in the midst of that? Isn’t the whole entirety of the Bible centered around worship of the Lord? Each character’s life is recounted as it relates to worshipping the Lord. The end of the story is Heaven where the occupants are worshipping the Lord. The 1000 year reign of the Lord is about all of the nations coming to the mount to worship. What we attend and spend our time with indicates what is truly important to us.

Worship is... at the center of everything the church believes, practices, and seeks to accomplish.

2. You will find spiritual growth and encouragement.

In church you will hear the word of God and learn. Most people do not take the time to learn by themselves. Those who do find even more learning in a body of believers. You see and experience God working. Because of the corporate worship and learning experience, you will grow in your faith.

The church is a transforming fellowship that can change our lives and through us change society. God is worthy of our worship. Are these other activities as eternally worthy? (no) Yet we regularly attend them. God has ordained that everything we do and are will flow out of worship as byproducts of our fellowship with Him.

When the church is at worship, giving witness to God, what sacrifice should we bring? Ourselves. If my body belongs to the Lord, then I should be present when God’s people gather together to worship. All of the faculties of my body ought to be available there, for Him (Romans 12:1)

3. You will find a way to serve others and be served.

Worship is ... the believers response of all that he is—mind, emotions, will, body—to all that God is and says and does.

You say you like to worship by yourself. You make it about yourself rather than others—which is what Jesus wants us to do. The independent spirit is the opposite of what Jesus wants in us. Therefore, it is sin. It leads to pride, criticism, and competition. Most people who do not go to church sit on the sidelines criticizing the church. Often they put down the hypocrites that are there. They say the so-called members have a holier than thou attitude and they are the ones that hurt the no-longer-attending. So often the non-attender says they don’t like organized religion. Are they really saying they just don’t want to be told what to do? Are they saying that they want to dictate how the worship is done?

Hebrews 10:26 - We are admonished to not give up going to church. In the first century when that was written, believers were under physical threat and punishment. Yet, they were told to risk it and go. What is your excuse?
(a question not a condemnation)

We witness to the world when we go to church. It is what Christians do. Every religion has a gathering of some sort. Even organizations that are not overtly religious. What regular meetings and groups do you attend? Do you go to 4H? Do you go to board meetings? Are you part of a civic or service group? Do you go to the bar or nightclub each week? You are gathering with like-minded people for an activity. You become known by the group you attend regularly with. If you are an employee, you go to your job. If you are a hunter, you go hunting. Christ-followers go to church.

4. To Gain Spiritual Victory in Your Life

Life is a spiritual battle between good and evil. Without spiritual armor and fellow warriors, you will not be victorious.

You may feel your life is “just fine”. But you are wretched and naked and don’t even know it.

You may feel you don’t need the social club. You are mistaken about what church is about and what is important to Jesus.

You may be upset with God because He gave you your problems. This could be true, and if so, He has also given you a way out of them. It could also be true that you’ve allowed the devil to give you your problems.

What Do We Do At Church?

Church involves Witness, Wonder, Warfare

At church
we congregate, celebrate, communicate, consecrate, commemorate, contemplate. (6 c’s)

congregate because Jesus is coming again. We congregate on the first day of the week, the day of the Lord’s resurrection. The Sabbath day has been fulfilled and is at rest so to speak. We have been freed from the Law and grace has been ushered in by Jesus Christ. Every time a church assembles, it is bearing witness that Jesus is alive.

celebrate through singing, fellowship, praying, giving, hearing God’s Word.

commemorate as we remember His death and resurrection and know He is returning. We proclaim His death until He comes again as we take communion. We commemorate His baptism as we are baptized in the church.

communicate through singing, praying for one another, preaching the word, and with our presence.

consecrate our time to the Lord. We have set aside our other activities and put time with the Lord at the forefront. We go to work or school every day of the week M-F even Sat or Sun—all day long. What does it say about our relationship with Jesus if we forgo 2 hours of church on Sunday morning?

contemplate the living word of God at church. God speaks through others at church especially the preacher. He is speaking to all that are in attendance. He is speaking through the worship leader. And He is speaking through all that give testimony or prayer. The hearers should meditate on the words they hear as they are from God.