Do I Need to Go to Church (If I’m a Christian)?

“Do I really need to go to church?” Whether you’re wondering this question or it’s your kids asking if God “makes us go to church,” you probably already know your salvation isn’t hinged on being inside First [your denomination] Church of [your town here] at 9AM on the dot every Sunday. What does the Bible really say about going to church? Let’s find out!:

A New Family. The church is made up of believers who become your family. The people at church care about you, support you, teach you, and encourage you.

The Lord wants believers to meet together. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Heb. 10:24, 25).

A Special Niche. The Bible describes the church as a building where you fit like a custom-cut stone (1 Peter 2:4, 5). Every player on a sports team is necessary and important to the team as a whole. In the same way, you are important to the church, and other believers need you. Your unique strengths and gifts will help others. You may not like or agree with every other believer, but no Christian is perfect and neither are you.

Be forgiving and live at peace with other followers of Jesus. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Eph. 4:2, 3).

A Larger Purpose. When Jesus went to heaven, he told his followers to love each other. In fact, he said that other people would know you were a follower of Jesus
if you loved other Christians.

This is not always easy. Some people have personalities that are hard to love. Perhaps they are judgmental or grumpy. Jesus calls us to treat them kindly and gently and care for them.

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