Last week we looked at an article that gave 3 of 7 reasons why it is important that we gather together as the church:
- The church is God’s idea and the church is His plan for this age.
- God’s Word instructs us to be involved in the church.
- The church is where God’s people are taught God’s Word so they can grow spiritually.
Below are the 4 remaining reasons. Ponder the concepts and meditate on the Scriptures as the Lord teaches you about rightly gathering. Hope to see you soon! ~Pastor David
Why Is it Important to Go to Church? (Part 2)
Mel Walker, Contributing Writer
4. The church is God’s avenue for believers to utilize their spiritual gifts. Another important reason for attending church regularly is that church is the place where believers can and should practice their God-given spiritual gifts. Romans 12:3-8 and 1 Corinthians 12 are emphatic about the fact that every believer is the recipient of one or more spiritual gifts that are God-given enablement to effectively serve Him in the church.
God never intended the church to be for spectators who just show up for a performance on a Sunday morning. He designed His church to be a place for believers to participate in church functions by utilizing their spiritual gifts either in a public setting or privately with other believers.
5. God’s people connect with other believers in the church. The community provided by a local church is essential for believers because the Christian life was never intended to be a solo act. That’s why there are close to 60 “one another’s” mentioned in the New Testament.
Believers are to love one another (Romans 13:8), comfort one another (1 Thessalonians 4:18), forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32), pray for one another (James 5:16), and a host of other mutual admonitions. It’s at church where believers can find older, Godly mentors (Titus 2:1-8), and where Christ-followers can truly have fellowship with one another (1 I John 1:7).
6. The church is God’s outlet for outreach and evangelism. The church is also the place for effective evangelism, outreach, and global missions to take place as well. The book of Acts chronicles the story of the growth of the early church and features accounts of personal evangelism, group outreach, and international missionary endeavors.
Outreach in the New Testament was always accomplished through the vehicle of the church. It’s obvious from a thorough study of the scriptures that the local church is to equip and train God’s people to reach others for Christ and then to send them out to accomplish that mission.
7. God designed His church to fulfill the Great Commission to make disciples. The last thing Christ said to His disciples is what has commonly been called “the Great Commission” where He left the lasting imperative to “make disciples” (Matthew 28:19-20) for His people to follow.
This well-known instruction was what the Lord left His church here on earth to do. It was never Christ’s plan for this mandate to be attempted alone. True discipleship can only happen within the structure, teaching, and accountability of a local church.
Why Does This Matter?
Current culture makes it easy for both individuals and family members to get involved in other activities instead of faithfully attending and serving the Lord in a local church. So many activities today tend to conflict with church schedules, and the internet provides an abundance of podcasts, recorded sermons, and the live-streaming of a host of church services that it has become easy for people to do other things instead of attending church.
God’s Word teaches the importance of active participation in a local church. Believers must make church attendance a priority in their personal and family schedules and put going to church ahead of other seemingly beneficial activities.
God’s plan is something that must be a top priority in the lives of all believers.