In the age of information, there are churches on television and streaming online. Like a sporting event, you are able to sit in your pajamas and watch "church" from the comforts of your home. So...how important is church attendance?
The easy answer is "very important" and it is a commandment. It was the writer of Hebrews that penned:
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is ; but exhorting one another : and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Like any good discussion, I will give you more reasons. Here are three things that happen when you "go to church" or gather as the body of Christ. This is not a comprehensive list, but it should be enough.
1. God will be in the midst
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
If God is going to be there, I want to be there. When God arrives so do all the things that God brings with Him including healing, deliverance and blessings.
2. We become part of the body of Christ
1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
When we attend a church service faithfully and follow the plan of salvation, we become a part of something bigger than ourselves. We become a member of the greatest movement to ever exist on the face of the Earth.
3. Unity happens
Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
When the church comes together in unity, the amazing happens. On the day of Pentecost, 3000 were added to the church, but it started with 120 focused on the things of God. When the church becomes focused, we will see the revival that is preached about in the Bible.
If you need physical, emotional or mental healing, the church is where you want to be. If you need deliverance or a blessing, the church is where you want to be. We are not perfect creatures and the church is full of hypocrites and sinners, but it is a place of refuge where we can lay the bad things of life at the altar. We all must make the journey to the altar and find find Jesus...He is our only hope!