As a student at Biola, an Evangelical University in Southern California, I see that it is very common for students to attend the weekly chapels on campus, but they do not attend a local church on Sunday or any other day of the week. This problem because very prevalent for myself while sitting in my Theology 1 class yesterday. During our break, multiple people went up to our professor to introduce him or herself. Each time, the professor asked if they were currently attending a local church. He did not do this to intrude on their personal lives, but to encourage them to attend his church or one of the ones around Biola’s campus. Out of the five students that introduced themselves to the professor, I heard at least 4 of them say that they were not attending a local church.
Now, this is not only a problem at Biola, but it also a problem with Christians everywhere. They believe that it is not necessary to attend a church and that their faith is enough. Yes, it does say in multiple places in the Bible that faith alone is important, but it also seen throughout the Bible, both in the Old Testament and New Testament, the importance of meeting with a body of believers. Here are three reasons to wake up early on a Sunday morning and attend a local church:
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24 ). This is just one of the many places where we are called to meet in community and the reason that we are called to meet together is to encourage each other and to hold each other accountable (Galatians 6:2). There is so much value in meeting in community as Christians and it is something that we should not pass up.
Providing the Tools
Meeting together in a church setting not only fosters community, but it also gives up the tools to spread God’s word. As my French professor says, “you do not learn by staying in a corner.” We need to go out and seek information, which is primarily done by attending a church. We will not continue to grow in our faith and gain the needed tools if we stay locked up in our homes all day. The church provides us with the tools to go out and effectively minister to our community.
Jesus Did It
Jesus went to church. “He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom” (Luke 4:16). Need I say more?As Christians, we are called to follow in the footsteps of our savior and live our lives exactly as he did, and with that, we must attend a church weekly like Christ did (1 Peter 2:21).