Church – Do I have to go?
It’s the weekend. You’re tired. You have school tomorrow. Why would you want to drag yourself out of bed and go to church on a Sunday morning? What if you find your church boring or you don’t get along with the kids at youth group? What’s the point of going to church anyway?
The Bible tells us that all believers need to attend church so that we can worship God, be taught from His Word (Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:25), and have relationships with other believers. These are all important parts of growing closer to God and learning to live your life for Him. It gives you a structure that can help keep you focused on serving Him and serving others.
Once you have accepted Jesus as your Saviour, you have become a member of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). That’s the Church (big “C”). In order for this Church Body to work well, there are all different “body parts,” and you are one of them (1 Corinthians 12:14-20)! When the local church (small “c”) gets together, they are following what the early believers did by gathering together regularly for encouragement, teaching, and just plain friendship (see Acts). Coming together like this is what makes the Body of Christ function best in a practical sense.