Then & Now - Week of January 13


"Does Church Even Matter Anymore?"
Ephesians 5:22-30

If you are reading this devotional, then I’m guessing you go to church. I’m guessing you’re wondering why it is that your parents drag you out of bed on a perfectly good Sunday morning and make you put on a nice pair of pants and a shirt. Some of your parents may even make you wear a tie. Yikes!

You probably think, What is the big deal about church? Why can’t I just read my Bible at home?

I thought those same things when I was a teen. I grew up in church. My Dad was an elder. We were at church every single time the door was open. We were even there sometimes when the doors weren’t open.

But here I am, 31 years old, and I still think church is important. Of course, I’m a pastor, so I kind of have to think that way. But I really do love church. Why?

Because God loves church. You see, you can’t separate God from church. Sure, your church doesn’t get you to Heaven. And your church doesn’t give you a relationship with God.

But God values church. God loves the church. God thinks the church is important. It was God who established the church. He refers to the church as his bride, his body, and his family.

It is in the church where we utilize special gifts God gave us. It is where we find community. Our faith wasn’t intended to be practiced alone, in dark closets or far away monasteries. God created you and me to be relational. To live out our faith in community and unity.

Those are all big words for saying that your Christianity, your faith, your walk with God will really get stuck and go nowhere if you skip out on church.

Church is where God is—where a special people called by him gather and worship Him and learn from His Word.

So if you’re tempted to roll over next Sunday morning, don’t. Drag yourself out of bed and go live out your faith with other people. That is what God would like you to do.

What is my attitude toward church? What keeps me from church? How can I reengage in church life? 

Daniel Darling is an author and pastor with a passion for young people. He is the author of Teen People of the Bible, a 100-day devotional for teens. Visit him at

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