The Value of Attending Church
In our home growing up, there were no ballgames, school events, or jobs we took that prevented my brother and I from the consistent attendance of the local church services. Our parents made that decision, and it really impacted our lives in a positive way. Attending church adds value we can see now and later in eternity.
Here are 3 ways attending church adds up as valuable:
Attending church increases Bible knowledge. The more we know of the Word, the better enabled we are to love the Lord and live out His will. Think back to the last message you heard; it was probably both informational and transformational at the same time. This is why Ephesians 4:12 says Bible teachers are given: “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”
Being in church is a good way to invest your spiritual gift in others. Romans 1:11, speaks of imparting a spiritual gift. Every believer has been equipped by the Holy Spirit with a special gift for service. We discover our gift and then deploy our gift in service to the Lord. Spiritual gifts include administration, teaching, and helping. Every church service is a good place to begin the use of your spiritual gift to help others.
Being present, walking the halls, welcoming others, singing with the congregation, smiling at the special music singers and preacher, and participating in the worship are ways that you are adding value to the local assembly. If you were not there, people would miss you and you would miss an opportunity to add your value to the congregation.
Like a body functions with many parts working together, so functions the body of Christ. Simply stated by one preacher: “Teamwork makes the dream work.” When we serve the Lord with God’s people, instead of isolated and alone, more good is accomplished for the sake of the Gospel. When we “Strive together” we are honoring the Lord and helping others fulfill God’s will.
David in Psalm 122:1 declared: “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” David was interested in public worship. Never minimize the value of the objective worship of God. Attending church is not about who is there or what emotions you are having. Being in church demonstrates a love for God above all others.
Being there early and eager is a life changing discipline. Commitment to something bigger than self, changes our perspective. Along with Bible reading, witnessing, and prayer, church attendance is a terrific habit to establish. When we are faithful in these “small disciplines” we are better equipped to handle the big temptations to sin that come along.
I challenge you to attend every service at your church for the next 4 weeks. Start counting the value you see. Church attendance can add up to something great in your life.
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A very timely article Dr. Harness. We live in a culture that desires to replace consistent church attendance with the emergent church philosophy and programs like small group study. It is refreshing to again be reminded of the importance of regular church attendance and the blessing it brings to our spiritual lives.