Faith

Why is going to church important?

I’m tired. I don’t feel like getting dressed up. I can’t find my shoes. I don’t have anything to wear. Does this sound like your house on a Sunday morning when you are trying to hurry up and get out the door? You run into church with your little ones and realize you didn’t brush everyone’s hair or they still have food on their mouth from breakfast. It is almost comical. You get everyone dropped off in Sunday school and finally sit down to just breathe.

At my house, it is always chaos on Sunday mornings and by time I get out the door, I am frazzled. But, you know what? It is well worth it to get up and go anyways.

You see, back when I was younger and only had my two sons, I would go to church occasionally, but was not consistent. I talked about the Lord to them and explained things, but wasn’t setting an example of how important it was to serve the Lord. My two sons believe in the Lord, but it is not a priority to them, because it wasn’t a priority to me when I was raising them.

Attending church regularly is important for you, the kids, marriage and family. God needs to be the most important thing in a household. Why is going to church important? Here are some reasons.

It sets a precedence for the kids

Going to church on a regular basis sets a precedence for the kids. They learn what is important during their childhood. If they see how important it is to mom and dad, then they will more than likely carry that on with their family. If mom and dad don’t make going to church a priority, then guess what? The kids won’t either.

Fast forward to now. My two girls have been raised in church going to church on a regular basis. They love church so much, that they get upset if we miss a Sunday. They want to be there. Because, we have instilled in them how important it is to go to church, they also feel it is important.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it- Proverbs 22:6

Fellowship

Going to church allows us to fellowship with other believers. It is amazing how you feel to be able to come together with other fellow believers and worship the Lord. You get to make friends that will be there for you, love you, pray for you and be there in difficult times. And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42

It all starts with Sunday school where you make friends close to your age. You develop a close relationship with them and can plan outings, laugh together, help each other in need and pray for each other. You have the elders that can give advice in difficult times. There are lots of kids activities that the kids can make life long friends, learn about Jesus and grow in their faith.

We just recently went to a park as a class outing and we moms were able to talk, dad’s got together and did their thing and the kids all had a blast playing and swimming together. God wants us to fellowship with other believers and worship him together.

We have an amazing pastor that is there for us anytime we need him. He really listens to our problems and offers advice.

It helps us grow in our faith

We can read the bible and learn God’s word, but there is something different when actually sitting in church and listening to his word.

Have you ever been sitting in sermon and feel like it is just you and God and he is speaking directly at you? I get that often. God delivers messages to us through our pastor’s sermons. We also get a different perspective on bible verses when it is coming from someone else compared to us just reading the bible at home. This would be a missed opportunity to hear God speak to you, if you miss going to church.

In Sunday school, we learn about how the bible helps us in our daily walk with God. We can narrow in on a particular book of the bible and study as a class.

There are also women’s bible studies and plenty of children activities. We have Awana at our church and it is amazing watching the kids memorize and learn a lot of verses.

Going to church on a regular basis makes me crave more of Jesus and more of his word. It has made me want and love to serve in the church and help others come to know Jesus.

It helps with your marriage

Going to church with your spouse helps strengthen your marriage. There is something about going to church on Sundays and leaving with a fresh perspective spiritually as a family. It helps both of you grow individually and as a couple that helps strengthen the whole family.

We can’t do this marriage thing by ourselves. We need Christ at the front leading this ship. He can guide us in growing as a couple.

But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God- 1 Corinthians 11:3

Final thoughts

God wants us to grow in our faith as individuals, as a couple and as a family. Going to church helps strengthen our family. There is nothing like seeing your children grow in their faith and have so much love for Jesus.

It helps in our spiritual growth and sets our tone for the week. We want to shine bright to others including our spouse, children, coworkers, neighbors and others.

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” 2 Cor. 4:6

 

God Bless,

Julie

 

 

 

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