Why do you go to church? Do you think it is possible to truly grow in your walk with God without attending church regularly?
- Why go to church?
- What is the purpose of going to church?
- Is church necessary?
- What are the benefits of going to church?
Yes, reading your Bible at home or watching a sermon on TV or online is a great way to get your spiritual filling during the week, but there are so many other reasons for going to church regularly.
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What Does the Bible Say About Going to Church
We can find a lot of scripture that encourages us to go to church.
Luke 4:16 tells us that Jesus, himself attended church regularly. As followers of Christ, we should strive to emulate his actions and behavior!
The Bible has an abundance of additional Scripture on the reasons for going to church.
What Are the 5 Purposes of Church
In order to understand why we should go to church, we should also understand the purpose of the church. While you may think the church is just a place to hear a sermon, the church actually has 5 main purposes or functions:
The church is a place to come together to worship God.
“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:18-21
The church is a place to gather together in fellowship with other believers.
…not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25
The church helps us learn the Bible and to apply it to our daily lives. The more we can absorb the Word of God, the better prepared we will be to walk more like Christ in our daily lives.
“The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” Luke 6:40
The church serves the community. As members of the church, we are able to use our individual gifts and talents to serve others.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
The church provides outreach to share the gospel with as many people as possible.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
The Benefits of Going to Church Regularly
Before I became a Christian, I never understood why some of my Christian friends wouldn't give up their Sunday morning for just hanging out engaging in some other event. I would always think “can't you just read your Bible and then come over?”
Now that I've become a member of Team Jesus myself, I get it. I completely understand the importance of going to church regularly. But I didn't realize the abundance of other reasons for going to church.
It isn't just about reading the Bible. It is truly a life-changing activity that can have so much impact on so many areas of your life beyond learning the Bible (which is definitely a plus!).
The benefits of being a Christian and going to church impact your spiritual, mental, and physical health. You are just able to live a happier, more content life when you regularly attend church.
Spiritual Benefits of Going to Church Regularly
When you go to church, you are tending to your spiritual health. God calls us to come together for worship and community with others. When you are surrounded by other believers, God is ever so present. And what better way to walk with Him than to literally hang out at His house?
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20 CSB
Going to church regularly and participating in worship and hearing the message all helps you (especially if you are a newer Christian) learn how to discern God's voice. We always hear people talk about hearing from God but a new Christian may not truly understand that.
The more you are surrounded by others all wanting to grow in their own walk, the more you begin to understand how to really hear when He is speaking to you. You'll also be able to learn how to discern between His voice and that of the enemy.
“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21 ESV
Mental Benefits of Going to Church Regularly
So many people struggle with mental health today. I left the military with several mental health conditions, including PTSD. I tried therapy and medication but nothing ever seemed to work. I was a seriously hot mess when I first walked into the church (that I now call mine).
Giving my life to Christ and staying connected through serving every Sunday – helped me put, for the most part, my PTSD behind me. For some, going to church regularly just might be the catalyst to overcoming your own mental health struggles.
Although I do still have my days, I'm better able to recognize and refocus the anxiety or depression instead of letting it consume me.
As a long-time sufferer of depression, one thing I've learned is that you have to keep moving. Once the depression sets in, it festers and multiplies, making it so much harder to dig yourself out of it. Oftentimes, this is exaggerated by life situations (unemployment, relationship issues, etc).
By going to church regularly, you are surrounding yourself with other Christians who will be there to encourage and motivate you – and check on you during the week. They will be there to keep you from staying in those dark places and remind you that you CAN do all things through Christ.
Serving on Sundays also helped me to overcome the severe social anxiety that I had after leaving the military. You wouldn't know it to see me now, but I avoided interacting with people I didn't know. I couldn't just start up an idle conversation with strangers.
When I first started serving, I asked to NOT be a greeter so I didn't have to worry about conversing with visitors. Now, they can't get me to shut up lol! Seriously, I'll walk up to any new person coming through our doors for the first time and welcome them and just talk about whatever.
Being surrounded by other Christians who will constantly remind you of your worth in Christ – that will definitely help boost your self-esteem. I can't tell you how many people I've seen walk through our church doors for the first time looking so down on themselves.
But those who came consistently – you could see it in their face and their body language week after week. They began to fully love themselves as Jesus loves them. Life transformed!
Physical Benefits of Going to Church Regularly
It is no secret that when your spiritual and mental health is good, your physical health follows. Even for those who are facing chronic illness or disease, they are much healthier because they come every Sunday.
Why? Because when your body is having issues and you let your mind become consumed with those issues, then your mind becomes infected as well. Coming to church, serving, being around other Christ-filled people will keep you thinking positive.
Of course, getting closer to God is the best reason for going to church. But second to that, I'd say living longer comes in at a close second. Seriously! There have been actual studies done that prove regular church attendance prolongs your life!
If you still aren't convinced, here is my list of 102 reasons to go to church!
- Hear Gods word in a way that makes sense
- Learn practical ways to apply God's word in your own life
- Fellowship and community with others
- Make new friends
- Sign of discipleship
- To encourage others in their walk
- To encourage non-believers through your action
- Helps new believers stay close to God
- Keeps you grounded in your faith
- Opportunity for serving in your community
- Opportunity for serving God
- Develop leadership skills
- Help you realize your true calling
- Understand how to really hear God when He is speaking to you
- Stop cursing so much!
- Encourages you to stay out of trouble
- See lives transformed
- Free coffee
- Free snacks
- Free T-shirts
- Free hugs
- Free fun!
- Free childcare (with Biblical instruction)
- Connect with other Christian moms
- Business networking
- Be a part of someone else's life transformation
- Opportunity to introduce a friend to Jesus
- To encourage your pastor in His/Her calling
- To be encouraged yourself
- You'll find acceptance
- Wholesome entertainment and fellowship
- God will be there
- You don't get the full “Jesus experience” by watching it on TV
- Job opportunity
- You'll eventually feel “ownership” in your church
- Make others smile
- Help others to have a better day
- Change someone's life
- Gives you hope for a better tomorrow
- Better than any dating app
- Clarify Biblical questions you might have
- Help you understand, acknowledge, and confess your own sins
- Encourage and help you to be a better contributor to your community
- Learn to better prioritize your life
- Put your focus on God above everything else
- Hear, first-hand of God's amazing love through the testimonies of others at church
- To remind yourself that fear is a liar
- Try new things
- Learn new things
- Realize your gifts and talents
- Foundation for a better, happier life
- Unity among Christians keeps the enemy far away
- Share your gifts with others
- Realize that your past doesn't dictate your future
- Help you better understand the Bible
- Gets you out of your own mind and situation
- You just can't feel lonely at church
- To feel welcomed
- To feel loved
- To feel that others actually miss you
- Boosts your self-esteem and feelings of self-worth
- Investing in the blessings for future generations in your family
- To help others in need
- To ask for help when you are in need
- To see the impact the church truly has in a community
- Opportunities for you to truly impact your community
- Learn about the importance of prayer
- Learn how to pray
- Pray for others
- Ask for prayers
- Find others to help carry your burdens
- Help carry others' burdens
- Be a model for your kids
- Promotes stability in your life.
- Encourages and promotes healthy marriage habits
- Encourages and promotes healthy dating habits
- A great weekend family activity.
- Provides an opportunity for your kids to make friends with other Christian children
- To teach your kids about God
- To teach your kids about serving God and others
- To have a Christian family to help you in being Godly mentors to your kids
- Keep your teenagers close to other Godly teens
- If you are a single mom, you'll find an abundance of Godly men to show your own kids how to be one!
- Live longer
- Serve God
- Find Godly mentors
- Receive Godly advice through a trial you are facing
- Learn about people from diverse backgrounds
- See the light of Jesus is so many different ways
- Corporate Worship
- Learn new songs
- Find a new musical jam to take you through the week
- Community is part of being a Christian
- Learn new and awesome songs
- There really isn't a better, more fulfilling way to spend your Sunday morning
- Rid yourself of the burdens you may have carried during the week
- A re-boot for starting the new week.
- Pooling your resources to invest in a better eternity
- The more you go, the more you want to go
- It honors God
- Because the Bible says you should!
Reasons for Going to Church: Lives Transformed
So there you have it! 100+ reasons to go to church regularly! Like, seriously!! Why would you miss out on such a life-changing few hours of your week? When I'm feeling down or just having a bad week (for whatever reason), I know that I'll get my mojo back come Sunday morning.
I had a medical thing a few months back and wasn't able to go or serve for about 3 weeks and was just so anxious to get back. Like my week just doesn't seem to get off on the right foot when I don't go to church on Sunday.
Now, I do want to make a side note here. I know that all churches aren't created equally. As you read through these benefits of going to church regularly and find that you had the opposite experience, I would beg that you find another church and give it another try. (Kind of like when you ate a burger at that one restaurant and it wasn't all that great.
You didn't write off burgers – you most likely tried it at another restaurant, and maybe even another – until you found your favorite burger joint.) Seriously!
While the Bible is the Bible, not every church translates it in the same way. For that, I am truly sorry! I am so blessed to be a part of an amazing church – which is why I stay excited about Jesus and helping others to get excited about knowing Him too.
What are your reasons for going to church? How has attending church regularly impacted or changed your life? Have you experienced a life transformation or been witness to it for someone else?
Be sure to also read:
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