12. There is not one Christian in the New Testament who did not go to church. There was no-one in the New Testament walking down the beach on Sunday mornings or going down the pub with another Christian and claiming “I don’t go to church, I am the church”. You have no Biblical example of a Christian who was not a church-goer.
11. Every letter in the New Testament was written to a church or a pastor or elder. There was no communication of Scripture without local church. Imagine the Ephesian church received the letter to the Ephesians and that was the day you stayed at home to find yourself, to have a rest, to watch the football, because you were tired. Imagine missing out on the book of Ephesians being read for the first time. Church is that important every Sunday!
10. Jesus went to the synagogue as was his custom (Luke 4.16). You are not smarter than Jesus, better than Jesus or more amazing than Jesus. Jesus consistently gathered in public with the people of God. You should to, if you want to describe yourself as Christ-like. This also takes the sting out of the “I have to agree with the pastor 100% or I am not going” nonsense. I bet Jesus didn’t agree with everything the people said about Isaiah and Hosea, and He wrote them but He still went! That’s a hero, that’s the nature of love.
9. Paul told the Hebrews that they must not forsake assembling. Assembling is not hanging out with your Christian mates. Assembling is being in the church and being built together, helping one another, loving one another, building one another up and finding your place.
8. The only organization Jesus Christ promised to build on earth and that the gates of hell could not prevail against was and is the church. It’s that simple. Not a Bible College, a conference, a gathering – but church.
7. The only way to mature as a believer and avoid being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine is to be somewhere where there are five-fold ministries bringing equipping and maturity to the saints (Eph. 4.11ff). Many Christians are all over the place because they have never been planted and rooted into a church.
6. Jesus said that people were troubled and helpless because they didn’t have a pastor (Matt. 9.36). It’s amazing how many Christians I meet that don’t go to church who could be utterly summed up as troubled and helpless. I love hearing the stories of people who have come to our church and now walk above their troubles, and have a constant source of help and love at all times.
5. The church is the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12.27). Here is an experiment for you – cut your big toe off (just one of them) and put it in a jar. After three weeks, compare the big toe attached to your body to the one that you have cut off. Which one is healthier? That is why you need to be at church. Notice that the church is worse off without you, but it will and can survive, you on the other hand – well, go and look at that severed big toe again!
4. D L Moody used the following illustration as to why consistent church attendance was important. He took a coal out of a coal fire, and the fire on the individual piece of coal soon lost it’s flame, whereas the fire made of many coals kept burning fiercely. Being in fellowship with the local church stops your love growing cold.
3. Church makes things real. There is so much phoney in the world today, and Christians can be the worst offenders. I read emails about how much people love Jesus and love God, but if they cannot be part of a family of believers, if they cannot attend a local church, they are flat out liars. That sounds harsh, but it didn’t come from my brain, it came from the apostle of love – 1 John 4.20! The reality of dealing with other people keeps it real, and that’s important!
2. All the believers in Jerusalem were added to the church. That’s the end product of believing to be added to the church. Let the whole process of salvation be complete in you, and be added to a church!
1. 1 Cor. 12.28 tells us God has put the ministry gifts not into a Bible School or conference but into the church. You need God’s gifts in your life, so go to church this Sunday!