Back in the early 1900s, church attendance was a given for most Americans. Over 70% of the population attended church on a regular basis. This statistic held true for more than 60 years.
Today, that number has fallen to less than 50% of American adults. But church attendance is vital for your spiritual journey as you navigate the Christian faith.
We can’t be who we were created to be without being a part of the local church. It’s clearly outlined that doing life within a church community is non-negotiable.
Are you ready to start going to church once more? Wondering why exactly church is important as you navigate life with God? Keep reading below to find out why you might want to head to the nearest church this week.
1. Deepen Your Faith
The most important reason to go to church is that it can help deepen your faith. God always has something more for us to learn and to experience.
Attending church means learning more about his nature and character, helping us to actually understand our religious beliefs. As a kid, you went to church because your parents took you there. But as an adult, it’s important to actually know what you believe and why, and church plays a big part in that.
2. Experience Community
The church was never intended to be a building or a program. It was almost meant to be a group of people, united under the love of Christ.
By attending church, you can meet fellow believers, get involved in the work of God together, and actually do life together. You can build deep friendships, support one another, and encourage each other to become all that God intended.
Life is much better together.
3. Get Your Kids Involved
Modern church services are much more engaging than they were in the past. And modern kids programs can help to get your kids involved and engaged on Sundays as well.
Make sure to choose a congregation that offers church services for kids to ensure they get to learn at an age-appropriate level, build friendships, and experience true community as well.
4. Be Part of Something Bigger
It’s not just about a Sunday church service. Church attendance isn’t the goal. Checking something off your spiritual to-do list isn’t the point of going to church.
The church is something much bigger. Even if your local church is small, it’s part of the global church. The global church is the body of Christ, the network of Christian believers. And it’s the church that Jesus laid his life down for and the church that he is coming back for.
5. Going to Church Builds Spiritual Habits
The Christian faith isn’t about following rules. It’s about following Jesus and becoming more like him.
To do this, it’s helpful to build habits that promote Christ-like character and behavior. Attending church on a weekly basis, and participating in other church-related events, can help you develop spiritual habits that will promote growth and maturity in your faith.
Church Is Foundational to the Christian Life
Many people feel that going to church is optional these days. But when it comes to Christianity and following Jesus, it’s very much not. Joining a local church is one of the foundational principles that will help us to learn more about God and about who he has created us to be.
It will impact every area of your life, and it deserves your full commitment.
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