Do We Have to Go to Church? - Forward with Back to the Bible - April 14

Do We Have to Go to Church?

Read Colossians 3:16 (NIV)

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Reflect

Why is fellowship with other brothers and sisters in Christ important?

Sunday mornings are notoriously tough mornings among church-going families. It takes a lot to get everyone up, out of bed, fed, dressed, and out the door. It can be tempting to just let everyone sleep in, relax, and have a lazy day on the weekend. Because of the pandemic, many of us have gotten used to tuning in to church from our couches! We can listen to a sermon online or check out a Christian podcast. Plus, sometimes we get too busy with sports and activities. Is there really a need to physically go to church and meet together face to face?

The Bible says yes. Why? Because we need each other! In today’s verse, Paul says to let God’s Word dwell among us richly. We know that we need God’s Word to dwell in us individually. But having God’s Word tucked away in our hearts is not just for us. It is supposed to dwell in us richly which means that we can afford to be generous with it! From this wealth it should pour out of us to others. Paul says that we should be teaching each other. We should be warning and encouraging one another. We should worship God together and give thanks together. We do need to be together!

The author of Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “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.” We aren’t meant to walk through the Christian life alone. God has given us the gift of each other. To spur each other on. To love and encourage one another.

The Christian life is not easy. In fact, the Bible teaches us many times that this world is full of trials and tribulations. But God has given us His Word and in it, He tells us to stick together. After all, we are the body of Christ, not the bodies of Christ. We aren’t meant to be lone agents for Him but a unified group.

Friend, please do not make skipping church a habit. Go to church to hear the Word of God preached. Go to church to teach and learn from each other. Go to church to receive wisdom, truth, admonishment, and encouragement. Go to church to sing to the Lord as one voice with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Go to church to worship and praise God for all that He has done.

Pray

Father, thank You for my church family. Please guard my heart against laziness and help me to keep my priorities straight. Remind why it’s important to fellowship with other believers. They are a gift that You have given help to help me stand strong in the faith. Amen.

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Originally published April 14, 2021.