Is going to church really that important?
Short answer: yes. To understand why, we have to look at what God used to help the first Christians grow in the faith. After the Jewish leaders rejected Jesus as their messiah, God opened His plan of salvation to all people. God raised the apostle Paul to evangelize and start churches. And God has been using the same technique since the first Christians found in the book of Acts. God created people to connect with other people. God uses Christians to encourage other Christians in the faith. Christians worshiping together, learning together and teaching each other, supporting one another and sharing the message of God’s love to those who are lost; that is the main purpose of the church. What Christian would not want to be part of the good things churches offer?
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching.
Yes but… you can always think of a reason not to go to church. The pastor is boring, people are not friendly, Sundays are the only day I get to sleep in. For many of us the main reason is because we are lazy. Let’s face it, growing in our faith is hard work and sometimes it’s inconvenient. Remember that Jesus died a horrible death on the cross to pay the penalty for your sin. You need to put some effort into your Christianity.