Why do I have to go to church? Is it a sin to not want to go to church? It\’s the weekend. You\’re tired. You have school tomorrow. Why would you want to drag yourself out of bed and go to church on a Sunday morning? What if you find your church boring or you don\’t get along with the kids at youth group? What\’s the point of going to church anyway? The Bible tells us that all believers need to attend church so that we can worship God, be taught from His Word (Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:25), and have relationships with other believers. These are all important parts of growing closer to God and learning to live your life for Him. It gives you a structure that can help keep you focused on serving Him and serving others. Once you have, you have become a member of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). That\’s the Church (big \”C\”). In order for this Church Body to work well, there are all different \”body parts,\” and you are one of them (1 Corinthians 12:14-20)! When the local church (small \”c\”) gets together, they are following what the early believers did by gathering together regularly for encouragement, teaching, and just plain friendship (see Acts). Coming together like this is what makes the Body of Christ function best in a practical sense. By having Christian friends, we can help and encourage one another (1 Corinthians 12:21-26). The Bible lists quite a few \”one anothers,\” which are basically things we are supposed to do for each other. Things like loving one another (1 John 4:12), encouraging one another (Hebrews 3:13), inspiring one another to do good things (Hebrews 10:24), serving one another (Galatians 5:13), teaching one another (Romans 15:14), honoring one another (Romans 12:10), and being kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32). We can do this outside of Sunday morning, but church is definitely a great place to get that started.
Is it a sin to not want to go to church? I realize that all of these things we\’re describing here makes for an ideal situation, but you and I both know that not every church is going to do all these things perfectly. Maybe the music isn\’t something you like or the people share no interests with you. Maybe they don\’t even have a group for your age. But remember, you are a \”new creation\” in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Attending church is absolutely vital to developing your faith and maturity as a believer. If you\’re finding that you do want to grow as a follower of Christ, but you just don\’t enjoy church or you dread going every Sunday, there may be something else going on in your heart. Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom about pinpointing exactly what it is that\’s bothering you about your church or if something has turned you against \”organized religion. \” The people in a local church may have hurt you in the past, and that does happen. People are not perfect, nor are churches. Forgiveness, grace, and understanding may be necessary in order to heal from past pain (Colossians 3:12-15). No church will be perfect. Not every church is going to offer the perfect situation. You may be stuck where you are because that\’s where your family attends. You may not have transportation to go anywhere else. Maybe you\’re in a small town, and the options are limited. No matter what a church\’s programs or musical tastes may be, the local church should offer at least this ONE thing:
Teaching doctrines that are based entirely on the Bible, which is trustworthy (Psalm 111:7) and inspired by God Himself (2 Timothy 3:16). Church attendance is not going to guarantee you eternal life, but it will help you grow spiritually as a Christian. It\’s important to find a church that teaches from the Bible first and foremost.
Secondly, pray for your church to provide opportunities to make friends with other believers. It may be uncomfortable or awkward at first, but give it a try. Just because it isn\’t \”required,\” that doesn\’t mean it can\’t be good for you. Q. If a person accepts Jesus, do they need to attend church to be saved? A. First, itБs important to note that there will be many people in heaven who were not affiliated with any particular church or denomination Бor for some reason could not attend church regularly. But one of the foremost principles of Christianity is that we are saved into the body of Christ, which is another name for the church (Ephesians 1:22, 23). In Acts 2, the Bible says, БThe Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Б When you are baptized, you become part of ChristБs body and enter into the church (1 Corinthians 12:20). Perhaps we should also ask this question in another way: Why would a person say he or she loves God but doesnБt wish to fellowship with His people? One of the reasons God wants us in church is because it has people with similar beliefs. It helps bolster our faith and makes us accountable to one another. Even in churches where there are some difficult people, it is the best environment to increase our capacity to learn to love one another. A person saying, БI believe in God and want to be baptized, but I donБt want to go to church,Б sounds to me like a man saying to his bride, БI love you; I want to marry youБbut I donБt want to live with you. Б ItБs saying you want the benefits of marriage but not the relationship that goes with it. Part of the Christian experience is having a relationship with a fellowship of believers. When someone lives as a hermit from society, he or she tends to become eccentric.
Isolating oneself from others begins to affect the mind; the brain atrophies. You become socially inept. (Take it from a recovering hermit. ) In the same way, itБs important for Christians to be social with fellow believers in corporate worship and gatherings to avoid becoming spiritually eccentric and inept. Church is part of GodБs gift, so Christians should do their very best to find a biblical church in which they can grow into mature members of GodБs family. See also 1 Corinthians 12:12Б14. In John 13:35 Jesus says, БBy this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. Б He knew that the love and unity of the church could be a powerful part of our witness to the world in the last days. Conversely, the devil surely realizes that the world would disbelieve by our division. He has been working toward that goal since the beginning. Think of the devil as a wolf stalking a lamb. He knows that as long as the lamb is with the flock or close to the shepherd, the lamb is safe. But if the wolf can chase and scatter the flock from the shepherd and from one another, he can easily bring down a lamb that has strayed. The devil wants to separate from the flock the lambs (baby Christians who are more vulnerable) so he can destroy them. As it says in Hebrews 10:25, we need to be firmly committed to corporate worship and assembly-especially Бso much more, as ye see the day approaching. Б Do you see the day of the Lord approaching? Looking to come back to church? Tune in to Bible Answers Live, Amazing FactsБ live, nationwide call-in radio program on Sunday nights, and listen to Pastor Doug give biblical, straightforward answers to difficult Bible questions. To get times and stations in your area and to listen to archives,.