4 Benefits of Attending Church
I grew up attending church regularly, but I didn’t always know why it was important. I heard commendable remarks about people who were at church “every time the doors were open,” so I assumed the habit was beneficial. It seemed to surely please God, but was there any practical good in the endeavor? Did people gain anything from going to church?
In time, I learned that the corporate gathering of God’s people is something of Divine design. The Lord made it for His glory and our good. Each time we meet, we receive something special. Scripture teaches there are four practical benefits of attending church.
I once heard an older man describe the joy he received from Sunday mornings. He said, “Most times I leave feeling encouraged. I’m ready to face a new week!” Over and over again, the New Testament emphasizes this reality (see 1 Corinthians 14:3; Colossians 4:8; and 1 Thessalonians 5:11). The author of Hebrews said, “And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other…” (Hebrews 10:24-25). The word rendered “encouraging” depicts one coming alongside another and cheering the other on for the purpose of aid, help, and comfort.
Concerning the weekly gathering of believers, Paul said, “All things must be done for edification” (1 Corinthians 14:26). The Greek term translated “edification” is one which was associated with building construction in the first century. Paul used it figuratively to depict the way in which Lord’s Day should spiritually build up the people of God. When we meet together, we should become more complete in our relationship with the Lord (see also Ephesians 4:12b and 2 Corinthians 12:19).
Paul told the church at Ephesus that their corporate times of worship should result in “the training of the saints in the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12a). Sunday mornings aren’t a time for spiritual spectating, but spiritual strengthening. There is a world in need of Christ, and the Lord has ordained for the church to share the good news (see Matthew 28:18-20). If congregations are going to be faithful to this task, they need lifelong, systematic training. Each has spiritual gifts to be used in the ministry (see Romans 12:6-8 and 2 Corinthians 5:18), but each needs to develop these gifts (see 2 Peter 3:18 and Philippians 2:12-13). The meeting of God’s people on the first day of the week is a great time to do this!
Finally, Sunday mornings are a time for worship. Paul instructed the church at Colossae — “Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:15). When we gather together, we should sing songs which turn our hearts to Jesus. All week our lives are filled with the busyness of life in the modern world. Sundays are an opportunity to freshen our perspective in the presence of Christ.