8.27.2010

Why attend church?

 An email forward from my Grandma got me curious...


If you consider yourself a Christian, a follower of Christ - do you attend church on a regular basis? Why? ... or why not?

©2009 Living By Faith

25 comments:

Christy said...

I do. I moved away from home 4 years when my husband got stationed in ND. We didn't go to church for 4 years and it basically flat-lined my walk with the Lord. I neglected the fellowship with other believers and it made a huge difference and I won't do that again. Since moving home, we go to our church regularly, anytime the doors are open for service or fellowship, we're there and my walk has never been better.

Jim and April said...

Yes we do! We are very involved as I am part of the worship team and Jim is part of the sound team and we both help out in the nursery too. We go pretty much every time the doors are opened. We go because we as Christians need the fellowship of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. A christian technically could go all his or her life without church BUT I believe the church is a crucial part of the believers life here on earth because in Acts and so many other books in the NT it shows us that coming together and being involved in a local church helps you to grow, stand strong against attacks from the enemy and when the church comes together they can also be used to love and serve more and be His hands and feet not just to each other but the community! I also go to church just because I love to, I love my Savior and I love to go and worship Him with other believers and I love to be fed and equipped by my pastor! would write more but the baby is crying...gotta go! :0)

The Tylers said...

Yes! God expects us to assemble with other believers. Hebrews 10:25 says...
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Christy said...

Yes. We need the comfort from surrounding ourselves with other believers, the knowledge that comes from studying the word of God, and the fellowship that comes from being with other Christians and friends!

Kelly said...

We do! Like everyone else said, as believers we need the fellowship of other believers. We also need to be fed by the preaching of the Word and public worship!

He & Me + 3 said...

Absolutely. So important for growth, accountability & fellowship. LOVE the new blog layout my friend. CUTE

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

This is a good question because I definitely don't think attending church makes you a better Christian than people who don't. BUT that being said, I do attend church because I feel inspired, I love the messages, I love the kids I work with and how I can teach them about Jesus and I love the community. :)

Maria said...

My husband I always have-but sometimes I feel not for the "right" reason. A few years ago, I think its safe to say we went because we wanted our babies to grow up in church & because we felt it was "right"-but not necessarily for our own spiritual growth. Present day, however, we really do want to grow in our faith and knowledge. We attend to surround ourselves with fellow believers who encourage and support us.

Jeff and Sylvia Case said...

We do of course.

But I sometimes wonder if many churches do things biblically these days. I often get the idea that churches are showy, seeker-friendly, and interested in huge buildings, a huge staff, and their membership numbers burgeon. I much prefer a church that understands the simpler, more biblical purpose of the local church as being a small, tight-knit body of believers who want to grow in faith and experience genuine body life together.

If all that was available was the first kind, then we'd probably consider starting a house church.

Victoria said...

Being married to a man who doesn't follow Jesus and is quite new to letting the Lord into his life, attending Sunday service isn't an option for us.

Sure, I could take my children and go without him, but that would create a new reason for him not to go. The unfortunate reality that we would be judged by the fact that we attended without him, it would only further alienate him from the whole thing.

Instead, we go to church on Thursdays during the school year. Thankfully, my church has an outreach ministry for moms of all ages that teaches us ladies how to live Christ-centered lives. At the same time, our children are being taught all about Jesus! It's such a blessing, especially given my situation.

Being a member of The Church doesn't have to include being a member of a church, but it does have to include reaching out in our faith and living out that faith, too. Fellowship with other Jesus-followers is so important to our walks, so I am sure to do that in life...sometimes online, sometimes in person...

Muthering Heights said...

Yes...we feel that it's very important to be plugged in to the body of Christ, and to fellowship with other believers!

Framed by Grace said...

Yes. We attend church weekly. Why? Because the bible states "do not forsake the assembling of yourselves". You need to be connected to the body of Christ-that's how we pray together, lift each other up....

Kristin said...

I became a Christian at age 11 and between the years of 15 and 32, I did not attend church. I have been going every Sunday for the past year and a half. It has changed my life, not because of "religion", but because being in community with other believers is the difference. They have loved me, encouraged me, and most of all, I feel that I grow every time I hear our sermons. Sometimes I think we have a hard time hearing God when we aren't in fellowship with other believers!

Debbie said...

Yes, I do go to church and believe it's important to do so. I need to be connected to the Body of Christ and to fellowship with other believers. I attend church alone. My husband does not share my faith and we are working together too. So we spend 24/7 together. I need to be with others who share my faith so I look forward to Sunday worship.

Critty said...

No but it is because a health issue that sometime I am not able to go every Sunday. I do however attend a service online when I am unable to attend my church.

I do have some issues of with the church (not THE Church)....but still I think it is important to be involved with community.

Kassie said...

I do. I believe it's important to spend time worshipping with the body of Christ. Not to mention I just love it!! But right now I'm struggling to find a home church for myself. I was raised Episcopalian, and they've had some changes in recent years that I just don't agree with--so I haven't been going there anymore. However, I really feel closer to Church in a traditional context more than a Mega-Church of the contemporay variety. There dont' really seem to be any good compromises where I live, so I've been church-shopping for ages and I hate that. That being said, I don't really think it's completely necessary to attend church weekly. Some people get caught up in it because it's the "Christian" thing to do, but Christianity should be a Sunday-Sunday deal not a Sunday morning/Wednesday evening deal, if that makes sense!

mchristiangirl said...

You know, this is a great question that I have been battling with the last few weeks. I have a great church that I have been attending for about a month and a half. It is great, however I am not a people's person. I like to be by myself. I actually feel closer to God when I pray by myself. But a conversation with my mom made me think carefully, and last week I did go to church. And the minute I walked in I felt immediately surrounded by love and peace. I even became an official member of the church. So to answer your question, yes I go. And now I know it is not only because I feel closer to God there but because in church I have a support system that helps me grow stronger in Christ.

Angie

Monica said...

We do as my husband is the head pastor of our somewhat small gathering. Growing a little every month. We are a very laid back church, much like we believe the first century church might have been. We have open discussion most weeks with the "sermon" or lesson. Engaging each other to be a part of the body and not just take up a chair.

Alicia said...

Yes, we do!! I think it's so important to have fellowship with other believers, and to just be plugged into church! Also, we constantly need to grow, and to also be accountable.

Alicia said...

Oh..and I love the new layout! So cute!

Oh Mandie said...

Hello :) I just clicked my way to your blog, and it's so beautiful. My family does go to church regularly, and we all try to join in with small groups and awana and other church functions that we have as well as serve in the different ministries that we have. We're lucky enough to belong to a really fabulous church that feels like home to us all, not to mention that the Bible says that fellowship with other Christians is required of us.

Joyeful said...

I love your new layout!!! Just beautiful and brimming with loveliness--so much like you : )

We do attend church regularly (of course, we are youth pastors as you now know ;) But we attended regularly even when we weren't "on staff". There are so MANY references in the Bible about the importance of the body of believers not forsaking fellowship together, encouraging one another, and being a witness together for the kingdom of God. When we separate ourselves from the body of Christ, we open ourselves up to attacks from the enemy, to complacency, and often end up hurting our witness for Jesus. We hurt our witness when we choose to become critical and harbor offense towards the Church, the body of Jesus, the people He died for. We may not agree with everything about the modern day church, but we have to remember that The Church is Jesus' body. And because I love Jesus, I love His Church.

Amy said...

We got most Sundays. When my husband was a youth pastor, we went every Sunday. Now, we sleep in sometimes & don't feel a bit of guilt about it! We still love Jesus, and so do our kids, but it's not a sin to stay home every once in awhile. I've recently wondered if Heb 10:25 was referring to "church" specifically, or simply fellowship with other believers. I don't know! I know that church, when it's done right, is a great thing, though! Good question!

Madeleine said...

I certainly don't think church attendance is a requirement for salvation/sanctification.

But saying that, I think it helps with your walk to lift each other up. There are times I can't wait until Sunday so I can share with my brothers & sisters in HIM. Yes I can call them, and sometimes I do, but to come together and share a joy or defeat together, there is nothing like it.

My husband hasn't been to church in almost 5 years. He is struggling. He is angry. But he is saved and he is trying.

So, yes, the children and I go on a regular basis. But that doesn't mean we are *better* Christian then he is.

AND this time we are going to Congo. I wanted to go with AGCI and I called Christy and we talked for a while. It seems like the wait for Ethiopia has almost tripled in this last year and she told me 30 - 36 months. Which would defeat the desire for a sibling for Elly. And their Rwanda program is not off the ground yet, but now Rwanda has closed their doors again, just this week. :(



So, to Congo we will go. She is going to be 2 in December and she is beautiful. :)

Brookie said...

Well, I'll mix it up and admit that No, I am not regularly attending church during this season of my life. I think I could count on one hand the number of services I've attended in 2010.

I live in beautiful, God-created Colorado... not to mention the fellowship I have found out here has been less than heart-felt. I find myself excited and inspired to worship God out-of-doors through a variety of activities on Sunday mornings.

I trust there will come a time when I am back in church each Sunday morning, but at present, for the first time in my life, I am consistently not in church Sunday morning - and I'm not feeling guilty about it.