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May 2, 2017

Three Reasons You Need to Go to Church

I get paid to go to church. Most people don’t.

I’ve always had deep respect for people who take time to prioritize church attendance. Sunday morning is coveted time for many people. It may be the only morning of the week for “down” time to relax, read, or spend time with family.

Attending church consistently is a decision. An important one. Here are three reasons why you need to go to church regularly.

1.    Getting together with other followers of Christ encourages you in your walk with Him.

How can you put a campfire out? Spread out the wood. When the pieces of wood are not close together, the fire tends to go out. The same is true if we are not with other Christians regularly.

2.    Attending church regularly reminds you of God’s promises.

Sermons, songs, and prayers do that. I can personally attest to the fact that I need to be reminded of God’s promises regularly! Promises that I don’t have to worry and stress, but can rely on Him. Promises that He has a purpose and plan for my life, even (and especially) in the difficult times. Promises that when I do life God’s way, that’s always the best way.

3.    Attending church regularly puts you in a position to “hear” from God.

God may not speak to you in an audible voice, but He does through the Bible and others, as He puts thoughts into your mind through what you read or hear. Often I hear comments like, “I thought that sermon was prepared just for me.” That’s God speaking, not a person.

Hebrews 10:25 says, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

Whatever it takes,

Jerry