Each year churches get smaller and smaller. Whether it be that members pass away, get mad and leave or simply do not come. Maybe it is due to a change in jobs, illness or maybe even as a result of COVID. However, as Christie’s have a responsibility to the church. First, we as Christians must be in church. If we are not in church; our growth is being stunned and we are not using our gifts. Secondly, we must do the work of evangelist. Evangelism is the answer to any problem the church has. If the church needs more money, grow the church. If the church, needs more members in the choir grow the church. Then thirdly, we need to make disciples. After, salvation we need to guide new believers and help them be engaged and involved.
It amazes me the number of people who claim to be a Christian but do not go to church. The fact remains to be a true Christian you have to be in church. Now before anyone get to angry let me be clear in saying that the Bible is clear that salvation is free to anyone who is willing to say: “I believe, help me with my unbelief”. However, being a Christian is much more than that. Being a Christian, is practicing what is in Holy Scripture and doing what Jesus taught. With this Christianity is more than going to worship one or two times a week, it is being an active and a growing member of the Body of Christ, which is the Church.
Support for a Christian’s mandate to attend church can be found by looking at several passages in scripture. In Matthew 28: 16-20 , they worshiped Him – then in verse 19, God says. “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”. This passage is the Great Commission, often times, it is considered the mandate for evangelism but it goes past that to focus on the teaching and study of scripture. In Mathew 28, Jesus did not say “go and get people saved,” he said “go and make disciples” or “Go and teach others, studying my word”. Acts 11:26, paints a clear picture of this “or a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch”. This shows church attendance is mandated by Jesus Christ. With the ideology: Christianity is being a disciple [done through church and worship] and salvation is the beginning of discipleship.
Without church one can not grow and is open to sin. There are dangers in taking the narrow path of faith, constant temptations from the Devil. Granted in Psalms 23, Davis describes Jesus as the “Good Shepherd” providing for and protecting His sheep [His followers – Christians]. While God loves all his children and will be that good shepherd, not based on church attendance. However, church attendance does strengthen one’s faith. As Christians, the road will get dark at times and throughout history this road of faith has lead to death. All these things are caused by Satan and Satan’s grand plan is to make believers fall to temptation. This is seen all throughout scripture especially in Genesis 2, where the serpent [Satan] temps Adam and Eve in the Garden, ultimately resulting in disobedience to God by the eating of the fruit. Notice how Jesus never sent the disciples out to preach alone. Luke 10:1 and Mark 6:7, it is seen where Jesus has sent his disciples out in pairs of two. Christ being all knowing, knew the challenges they would face. In Exodus 3, Moses had a fear of going to Egypt “Who am I that I should go”. However, God equipped him for this task. Sending out the disciples in pairs was one of the ways God equipped them to fight of Satan. That is also the purpose of the Church and it is also why Christians throughout the ages people have gathered for worship. It is why Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in their midst” (Matthew 18:20). Believers do not understand all things as it relates to the gospel and with this there must be a form of support, encouragement, direction, and challenge.
Churches come in different shapes, sizes and in different forms but one thing is in common it is a group of two or more people devoted to evangelism, discipleship, missions and to worship. Notice the passage in Hebrews 10: 24-25, “…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near”. All churches are different and all pastors are different. Some churches preach a message of hope, some pastors could preach the demons out of hell, while others preach an evangelical message. Whatever the message, whatever the church the goal is the same. That is come together as one body and praise the lord and to build each other up. “Church” happens anytime 2 ore more gather for worship. It happens small groups, fellowship, prayer meeting and in these settings the worship is more individualized to help one’s personal needs and on an individuals comprehension level.