Why Go To Church?
Though our text is found in the Old Testament and was directed specifically at the nation of Israel,
I believe that the principles found in this passage may be applied to God's children (Christians) today.
Our God is a gracious and loving Father who knows what is best for His children in every age. God commanded
the children of Israel to gather the people together to hear the Word of the Lord and be instructed by it so that they might
fear and serve the Lord acceptably, and live a life of consecrated obedience. When He issued this command it was intended
to be a help and a blessing to His people, not an unnecessary burden. When we preachers preach about faithful church attendance
and the sin of forsaking the assembly we are not doing it to be hateful or hurtful to anyone. Rather we are attempting
to be a blessing to God's people by faithfully declaring the whole counsel of God.
I have come to the conclusion that there seems to be a growing indifference and apathy among God's
people towards church attendance and public worship. Dave’s statement, "I don't believe you have to go to church to
be a Christian", or "I can worship God in my own way at home just as well as I can at church.
Going to church never made anyone a Christian, but if you don't go to church faithfully you will never
be a successful Christian. You are disobeying God and robbing yourself of manifold blessings if you refuse to assemble
with the Lord's people in public worship.
The excuses that most people come up with for not faithfully going to church are usually just a smokescreen
to hide their sin. There are a myriad of excuses for not going to church. The weather is too bad, Sunday is the only day to
sleep in, and too busy. For many people church is not a priority. Many would rather pursue a course of worldly pleasure, self-fulfillment,
and care-free living than discipline themselves to be faithful to God's house. I realize that there are times when people
are going to be really hindered from going to church because of employment, distance, or sickness. I am speaking to those
who can go to God's house, but don't.
I want to give you some good reasons why a Christian should go to church. I am going to do this in
two parts. "A two part series."
I. BECAUSE WE NEED TO LIVE IN THE NEWNESS OF LIFE
GIVEN TO US BY JESUS AT SALVATION (II Cort. 5:17)
1. Saved? Then have been changed
A. God has made a change in your life, an
inside out change
B. That being the case you ought to want to assemble with
C. Remember when God saves a person He changes their
attitudes,affections, and actions.
1. Before I was saved I had little
or no interest in the things of
in going to church. However, once the Lord
my heart I couldn't get enough of church
II. BECAUSE WE NEED TO BE OBEDIENT (Hebrews 10:25-26)
1. None of God's commands are to be taken lightly or to be
considered as optional.
A. God is our Master, our Owner,
our Ruler, and as such we
ought to respectfully obey
2. I am afraid that many professing Christians obey and respect
men more than they do the commands
A. For instance, How long would you last on your job
if you came
to work only when it was convenient or when you felt like it?
You go to work faithfully
because it is your responsibility to do
so, not because you feel like
going. In like manner you
should go to church not because
you feel like it, but because
God has commanded it
3. Obedience to God's commands is a proof that you have truly
been saved. (I Jh 2:3-5)
4. We prove our love for Jesus Christ by obeying His holy
commands. (John 14:15) (John 15:14)
5. If you can willfully and flagrantly forsake the house of the Lord
without feeling guilty. Then you need to check out your salvaion.
A. Notice (Luke 6:46)
III. BECAUSE WE NEED TO JOIN IN PUBLIC WORSHIP
1. One of the choicest and grandest privileges of the Christian life is
to publicly assemble with the
saints in the Lord's church for the
purpose of worship.
A. What joy and gladness should
flood our hearts each time we
anticipate going to God's
house to worship Him!
2. After dealing with the world all week, public worship serves to
revive our spirits and encourage
3. We are to faithfully go to church so that we can lift up our voices
in praise and song to our
gracious Creator and Redeemer!
4. We ought to rejoice that we have the opportunity of hearing His
Word faithfully declared and
expounded by one of His servants!
5. By publicly worshipping the Lord we are declaring our allegiance
and loyalty to Almighty God.
We are expressing our love and
gratitude to God for who He is and what
He has done in our lives.
6. When we engage in public worship we are manifesting to other
believers as well as the
lost world at large that our Lord is
worthy of our highest praise and dedication.
7. Our attitude toward public worship ought to be that of the
Psalmist (Psa. 84:1-2).
IV. BECAUSE WE NEED TO FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST (Luke 4:16)
1. During the earthly life of Jesus Christ, He faithfully attended the
synagogue, which was the place of public
worship for the Jews.
A. They would gather to read the law, and have one of the
teachers expound the truths of the Old Testament.
2. If it was customary for our Lord to be found engaging in public
worship on the Sabbath day, then it
ought to be customary for
Christians to be found in church on the Lord's
3. He is our example, please hear (I Peter 2:21) (I John 2:6)
You often stress attendance at worship as being very important for a Christian, but I think a person
has a right to miss now and then. I think every person ought to be excused for the following reasons and the number of times
Christmas (Sunday before or after)
New Year (Party lasted too long)
Easter (Get away for holidays)
July 4 (National holiday)
Labor Day (Need to get away)
Memorial Day (Visit hometown)
School Closing (Kids need break)
School Opens (One last fling)
Family Reunions (Mine & wife's)
Sleep late (Saturday night activities)
Deaths in Family
Anniversary (Second honeymoon)
Sickness (One per family member)
Business Trips (A must)
Vacation (Three weeks)
Bad Weather (Ice, snow, rain, clouds)
Unexpected Company (Can't walk out)
Time changes (Spring ahead; fall back)
Special on TV (Super Bowl, etc.)
Pastor, that leaves only two Sundays per year. So, you can count on us to be in church on the fourth
Sunday in February and the third Sunday in August unless providentially hindered.
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