I find all too often people making excuses for not attending church. Unfortunately, bad church “experiences” have left a lot of people with a bitter taste in their mouths. The excuse I think I hear most often is “I have my own relationship with God, I don’t feel like I need to go to church.” What does the Bible say about attending?
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
This tells us that Church attendance is needed now more than ever! “as you see the Day approaching.” refers to the second coming of Christ. Each day that passes is another day closer. It couldn’t be argued if I were to say that we need church more and more each day.
The Bible calls us to be the Body of Christ. We can’t be the Body if we aren’t all gathering. In other words, I couldn’t be whole if my torso lived in Atlanta and my left arm lived in Nebraska. All of my parts need to be gathered together in one place in order for me to be whole. This refers to the global church. The local church is just as in need.
… so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. NIV
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. NIV
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. NIV
1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. NIV
What truly amazes me is that 2/3 of the New Testament are writings to churches and we as Christians today say we don’t need church? What makes us better, smarter, or greater than Paul and the Disciples? These are men who WALKED with Christ and they attended Church after Christ was taken up. They literally had their own relationships with God. They walked with Him, talked with Him, ate with Him, laughed with Him, cried with Him and watched Him die and be risen again. Did they say “I don’t need church, I know Jesus”?
If you are a church goer you are blessed.
If you aren’t a church goer because of a bad experience, I urge you to try again at a new church. If you went out to eat and had a bad meal it wouldn’t cause you to lose faith in restaurants would it? There are many places to obtain physical food… there are also many places to obtain spiritual food.