This blog post originally was published on August 30, 2016.
A miracle happens every Sunday morning at my house.
Somehow, all seven of us manage to pile into the minivan just in time to make it to church. God arranges our wild Sunday morning routine so that each week I look at Sarah in near disbelief as the garage door closes and we drive away. We did it!
And yet, we wouldn't miss it if we could.
Church is essential for our family. And it should be for yours, too, if you have been saved by Jesus! Here are some reasons why we make going to church a priority for our family:
The Bible teaches it.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another...” (Hebrews 10:24-25a).
Jesus was a faithful church attendee.
It was Jesus’ “custom” to go to synagogue, the Bible tells us (Luke 4:16). Jesus made church-going a priority; it mattered to Him. It should matter to me.
The church is incomplete without its members.
God saves His people into a community. That means if you have believed in the Gospel of Jesus, then God has designated a place for you within a local congregation. There are not Lone Ranger Christians. When you and I are gone, there’s a vacancy in the church. Our absence affects the entire body of Jesus.
We join the mission of Jesus at church.
Jesus’ mission — that all people might know the Gospel — advances primarily through the local church. It’s from the church that my family is equipped and sent into the world to serve others and proclaim Good News.
And, through our church, my family is linked up with hundreds of other believers with the same mission. We go on mission together — and that’s encouraging!
The Gospel is on display at church.
What better place can I go where the Good News of Jesus is so faithfully and unashamedly in plain view? At church, my kids sing about the Gospel. They learn about the Gospel in Sunday School. They have conversations about Jesus with their friends. They are immersed in the story of God’s love for them in Jesus. That’s good for them.
And it’s so good for me, too! I need the Gospel on repeat, and church is where I can expect to receive the Good News each and every time.
Church-going can require a miracle. But we’re doing it wrong when we choose to stay home. Church was not intended to be optional. Jesus established the church for His people. Don't miss it. Schedule your life around it. It's that important!