Why is Sunday church attendance such a big deal anyway?
Sunday morning is the traditional meeting time for Protestants. There’s no better way to start your week than with the family of God in the worship of our Father. Worship is why we meet.
Sunday is your day of worshipful resting away from the regular routine of physical labor. We worship on the first day of the week because that’s when Christ arose. He is your Sabbath.
The writer of Hebrews observed that some believers during his day were forsaking their group gatherings. The context reminds us to stir up love and good works in one another. Obviously, the best way to do that is in worship-filled group gatherings.
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (10:24-25).
When you call yourself a Christian, something is wrong if you have forsaken assembling together with the Church. Occasionally having to miss services does not mean you have forsaken God. Still, some of the reasons used to justify skipping worship services are external indicators of an internal problem.
Missing a few services does not mean you are a backslider. But I love you enough to tell you that haphazard church attendance provides a massive opportunity for you to backslide. Attendance doesn’t save you or win you points with God, but you need to habitually attend worship services, discipleship classes, and Bible Study.
God never meant for the Christian life to be lived in isolation. Christianity is intended to be a shared experience. You need the community of shared participation. Without it, you’ll never become all God wants you to be. If you don’t believe me, just ask those who have quit attending and see how great their relationship is with the Lord.
Think about the banana too. Once he leaves the bunch, it’s only a matter of time until he’s skinned alive and eaten!
What is the best application of the Sabbath principle? Jesus said the Sabbath was made for man. Look at His pattern and follow His example. What did Jesus do?
Jesus used the Sabbath for fellowship with friends. If invited, He went into their homes and had meals with them. He took walks with them. It’s a good day for innocent recreation and wholesome fellowship.
Jesus used the Sabbath as a day for helping others. It included great opportunities for teaching, preaching, and healing.
Jesus used the Sabbath as a day of worship. Jesus made a habit of going to church. The church of His day was not known for its spirituality. It was cold, lifeless, and legalistic. But Jesus knew that He would not help correct its faults by staying away. He sought to help by being there.
Sunday gives you the opportunity to withdraw from the world, and in the fellowship of your church family, to worship God in Spirit and in truth.
Are you wondering about the 10-25 reasons you should attend church? Maybe you read it wrong. I’m not trying to give you a list that’s ten to twenty-five reasons long.
There are really only two reasons that I want to leave you. The first is Hebrews 10:25. It teaches that those who have made Christ their confession should not forsake assembling themselves with each other.
Secondly, if you are familiar with law enforcement, you know they have a system of codes for somewhat discreet communications. For example, 10-4 is a simple acknowledgment or okay. If one were asked about their 10-20, it’s their location that’s being inquired about.
Did you know they also have a 10-25? A 10-25 for many law enforcement groups (not all) is a request for face-to-face. It’s their way of saying, let’s meet in person.
Let’s accept that every Sunday morning, the Holy Spirit is radioing a 10-25 to every believer; the Almighty is requesting your presence in His presence.
Maybe pastors should consider moving the main service each Sunday to 10:25.
Do you attend local church worship services every Sunday? Or are you making excuses? Have you begun to understand that in His presence and with His children is where God has requested you meet and worship Him?
Here’s your sign. It’s time for you to make church attendance your habit for life.