Why Christians Should Go To Church
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” — Hebrews 10:24-25
If you’ve grown up in Church, you’ve probably noticed that the drop out rate is crazy when people go to secondary school and university. As believers, our role is to encourage young people to come back to Church and to invite them to be a part of the Body of Christ. Here’s my reasons why you should go to Church:
1. Worship Is Not About You Or Me – It’s About God
Worship was never meant to be about us, it was always supposed to be about God. The heart of true worship is sacrifice, which means giving to God and sacrificing time out of your day to make Him a priority.
You might not like your church, but there are so many churches, that they can't all be bad! Maybe, it's not even the church that’s the issue, maybe it's your heart that isn’t prepared to make that sacrifice. The more you give, the more you receive.
When people say they don't get anything out of it, it baffles me. At Catholic Mass, we not only get to feed on the Word of God, but Jesus Christ empties Himself out for us when we receive Him in the Eucharist (Holy Communion). What more could you possibly want other than Jesus Himself?
We can complain that Church is boring, but was Church ever supposed to entertain us? Church is not a concert. You might not like the music and you might not like the vibe, but it’s about finding your own way to worship God in every moment of your life.
When people say that the church is full of hypocrites, I would agree. The Catholic Church especially is a broken Church, full of sinners in need of God’s Grace. But the truth is Jesus didn’t come to this Earth to heal the healthy, He came to heal the sick. Christ chose corrupt, broken, imperfect, sinful men to be His followers and the foundations of His church, knowing that Peter would deny Him three times, Judas would betray Him, Thomas would doubt Him and that all His disciples would desert Him when He needed them the most.
Jesus invited Matthew, the tax-collector, and Mary Magdalene, a prostitute. You see, Jesus invited every kind of sinner to be in relationship with Him so that in relationship with Him they could be transformed into saints.
2. We Need Relationship
Jesus didn't hand us the Bible, rather He established a Church, because He knew that we were in desperate need for relationship. It was through the wisdom and authority of the Church, that the Bible was compiled in the 4th Century.
The truth is we were made in the Image of God. God is relationship: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, therefore we were made in relationship and for relationship. We desire intimacy and that’s something that the Church, as a close-knit community can offer us.
"For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them." — Matthew 18:20
Although God is not simply confined to the mere walls of a building, it can be problematic, when Christians don’t go to church. When it’s just you and your Bible, you miss out on fellowship. When you seclude yourself, that's when the enemy attacks, because he knows that there is no one to help you fight your battles. The reason why depression, anxiety and other mental health issues get worse is because people distance themselves and hide from the community.
“So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, "Where are you?" He replied, "I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked." — Genesis 3:8-10
When we don't go to church, it's as if we hide from God and open up the door for the enemy. If you seclude yourself and then you fall, who is there to pick you back up and help you carry your Cross? Accountability is key, but it requires you to be in fellowship with other members of the Body of Christ. Although, watching live streams of sermons in bed is great, it can almost defeat the point of Church, which is community.
3. We Need To Get Our Priorities Straight
Church gives you a reason to put God first because when you put Him last everything crumbles. The truth is when we love something more than God, it has become our God.
“You must worship no other gods, for the Lord, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you.” — Exodus 34:14
Our God is a jealous God, He will not let us be satisfied with anything that takes His rightful place in our hearts. It’s a good kind of jealousy, a type that desires to have a genuine relationship with us. But when football, work or exams get in the way of our relationship with God, it’s as if we give God a backseat place in our lives.
People use exams as a reason to not go to church, but if you ain’t got God on your side and you ain’t got His grace, by what human effort do you really think you can pass those exams? Without God, you cannot do anything. Without God, where do you think your wisdom, knowledge and understanding comes from?
Others make football their God when they use football as an excuse for not going to Church. Trust me, I get it, I used to play Sunday League Football and I know how difficult it is when the two clash. My family would always make time for Church, if I had a match in the morning, we would attend the Sunday evening service or if our entire Sunday was booked, we’d go to the Saturday Evening Vigil service. The way you live your life is a reflection of what you prioritise in your life.
One thing I love about the Catholic Church is how universal it is. No matter where you are in the world, the Scripture passages for that Sunday is the exact same no matter which Catholic Church you go to and at every service, you can receive Communion.
It means that Catholics can go to Mass anywhere in the world, the only difference would be the sermon and worship music. I'm blessed to have been to Mass in Dubai, Cyprus, Italy, Spain, France, India, Belgium and many other countries. What's even crazier, is the fact that there are about 30 Catholic Churches in a 5-mile radius from where I live. Since, they all have different service times, it’s nearly impossible to miss Church. Mass is only 1 hour - can you not spend a minimum of 1 hour with God?
Ultimately, you have to find the Church that you feel comfortable in. If you’re at university and are struggling to find a Church to go to, make sure you attend Christian Union. If you’re Catholic, I know that a lot of universities even have Student Mass on campus, so you don’t have to miss out.
4. To Help Us Fight Our Weekly Battles
So many of us are malnourished Christians because when we don't go to church, we miss out on the Word of God and we miss out on receiving Jesus in Communion. How do you expect to fight your daily battles without spiritual nourishment?
“If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honoured, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” — 1 Corinthians 12:26-27
As members of the Body of Christ, we are the Church. Let us invite our brothers and sisters in Christ back to Church to rediscover Jesus. If you haven’t been to Church in a long time, I pray that the Holy Spirit will convict you to come back to your home…