Why Do You Go to Church?

 photo 12861f5a-649e-4a7d-910b-a74c05ecd4d7.png
Church
Photo credit: Silent Shot

Growing up we went to church “every time the doors were open.” That meant twice on Sundays and once on Wednesday evenings. I never questioned why we went; I simply did as I was told, believing that regular attendance was a necessary part of being a Christian. 

As you may imagine, though, my heart wasn’t always in the right place because I didn’t understand why I was there other than “to worship God.” 

To me, the church was a building where Christians met to worship together. I didn’t understand that the church is the Church, that is, the body of believers who meet together because of their mutual love for the Lord. Instead, I went to church for a variety of different reasons.

Reasons Why I’ve Attended Church Over the Years


At times I have attended church out of compulsion
  • My parents made me go.
  • “It’s what I do on Sundays.”
  • I felt guilty for not going.

Other times I went to church out of fear of losing my salvation and going to hell.

But there have also been times when I attended church out of an earnest desire:
  • To be part of something bigger than myself
  • To attain Godly wisdom & understanding
  • To encourage & be encouraged by other saints
  • To serve those in need
  • To teach children about God’s love for them


My Shifting Feelings

As I have grown and matured both physically and spiritually, my feelings toward the Church have shifted. No longer do I go to church out of compulsion or fear. Now I attend church because I see its purpose and my own role within that purpose.

The Church’s Purpose

The purpose of Church isn’t to sing a few hymns or listen to a good sermon or even to fellowship with other believers, although those are all good things we do there. 


Ultimately, the purpose of the Church is Christ:

15 Rather, B)’>grow up in every way into him who is D)’>from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!

This Post Has Been Viewed 24 Times

Get email updates & exclusive subscriber freebies

Comments

  1. What a great list of reasons to go to church! I totally agree. And as the kids start asking us why we go even when we don’t feel like it, these are the same kinds of things we tell them.

    Worshiping God is a main reason to go, as well as encouraging and equipping each other to be the hands and feet of Jesus during the rest of the week and further our personal walk with Him. We also call out our desire to know and love the people at our church so that the world will know we are followers of Jesus and be drawn to His light. It is such a truer and more compelling reason than “it’s just what we do”.

    Thanks for the great post!

  2. Tauna, I think I wrote this post because I want to make sure I am telling my kids the real reasons why we go to church. So many times I’ve heard myself say, “to worship God,” and while that’s true, I feel it’s become my standard answer. There’s more involved than worship, although that is a very important reason why we go. I need to tell them the Church’s purpose is for our involvement in Christ.

    Thanks for your great comment. It’s better written than what I said!

    Blessings to you!

  3. Everytime one of us says, “go to church” my husband replies, “You can’t go to church, we are the church.” We laugh at his semantics but he makes a great point. Kids (and grown-ups) need to understand that the church is the community of believers and its the place where we grow up into the fullness of Christ. Thanks for a wonderful reminder!

    • That’s funny! And you are right! I agree that this is an important point to teach our kids. They need to know that the Church is the people not the building. They need to see us living out our faith outside the walls of the building. So important! Thanks for sharing.

  4. As always, your blog is inspiring.

    I go to church because I feel drawn to go to church. Because I need older and more experienced Christians to lead me to meat and not just the milk that I have been fed all these years.

    I desire a relationship with God and I desire for my children to want the same.

    • Thank you. You encourage me!

      I agree. I crave the meat of God’s Word and to grow, and I need older wiser Christians to help me. That’s when going to church, being with the Church (body of believers) is essential. It’s the only way to have that relationship with God we need and crave.

  5. This is a great overview of the many reasons we go to church and the reasons we should. I’ve done it for all the wrong reasons as well as the right ones too.
    Actually, I think the term “go to church” confuses us (although I use it too)because we think of it as a place instead of a community where we grow and have fellowship and serve.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    Bless you,
    Gail

  6. Maybe we should go back to calling church…church meetings because that’s what they are meeting together with the church, yah? Great insight! So glad you shared this on T2T!

  7. I just wanted to mention too, that when we meet with other believers, it is a respite, a sanctuary from the ungodliness we find in the rest of the world. When we go to church, we recharge for the upcoming days we face without the corporate body of believers.

    • Jan, that is such a great point! The church is a safe haven from the world, a place where we can rest from sin and evil if only temporarily. It’s almost like a pep rally to cheer us on for the rest of the week! Great insight! Thank you so much for sharing.