In the summer time when you are on vacation, going to the beach or Busch Gardens, attending your kids baseball games, or family picnics, it can be easy to overlook the value of worshiping and hearing God’s Word preached in person alongside other mission partners. If we get hazy on church attendance, much of what God intended for you as a follower of Jesus gets lost.
Here are five reasons attending worship regularly is essential to your faith.
First, your faith is fueled by hearing God’s word. Hearing alongside others as they respond to worship encourages your soul. Romans 10:17
Secondly, hearing God’s word from your local church is unique to any other preaching available. Listening to an Podcast or TV of your favorite preacher only goes so far. When you hear God’s word preached and applied to your struggles and difficulties, the word starts to become real. Hebrews 13:17
Thirdly, never underestimate the power of a personal connection. I like to talk to Lisa on the phone, but I’d rather see her face to face. The Holy Spirit uses eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to help create a powerful connection. A minister feeds off the reaction of the hearers. A congregation is moved by the concern of the minister for the souls that are there.
Fourthly, spiritual fruit comes from hearing with others. When we hear it with others we have a sense of accountability we are doing this together. The preached word becomes a basis for conversations that follow. Personal discipleship expands as we collectively praise God. 1 Corinthians 14:15-17
Fifthly, public worship leads to corporate discipleship. When worship is authentically given and God’s word faithfully proclaimed everyone is on the same page and personal discipleship expands. We grow together as a church family. When you miss church you miss that opportunity.