As more Christians begin to see the church as a place to go and consume rather than a place to join and contribute, the question of purposeful and committed attendance arises. But how should we view “going to church?” What does the Bible say about this topic? In this episode, Dale and Veronica reveal the broken state of the audience-centric church and provide critical scripture references to rebuild a healthy view of God’s gathering.
Question Answered in this Episode
- Why is it important to go to church every Sunday?
Key Takeaways from this Episode
- The modern-day church has become self-centered; people attend to consume, not participate.
- We should attend church because Scripture tells us to not forsake the gathering of ourselves together.
- Church should be the gathering of all of our closest relationships, where we get to walk out the “one another’s” of Scripture with each other.
- If you are not prioritizing attending church where all of your closest relationships should be, then it is probably due to it not being a gathering of friends, but a gathering of strangers.
- The Bible calls us to all of these relational duties that can only be accomplished in a small group of people. This is why house church is so fruitful.
- God has work to do in you and through you on Sunday. You’re not there to be a passive spectator, you’re there to be an active participant. It’s where you should be hearing prayer requests from people in your community, encouraging fellow fathers/mothers, husbands/wives, and have people pray over your family.
- America has made church about entertainment or infotainment; that if people aren’t amused they don’t see the value and leave. But church isn’t just about what you receive, it’s also about what you give and how the Lord may use you that day.
- Hebrews 10:24-25: “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
- Ephesians 4:11-13 “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;”