By: A. Williams (December 2010)

“How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” (Psalm 133:1)

As part of our Christian walk with Jesus he requires that we his children, his followers, his believers, participate in regular worship. In doing so we are to be more than simply spectators but full participants in worship.  Church should represent a place of fellowship, encouragement, and support; providing a useful outlet for Christians to gather together to share our faith, our testimonies and help strengthen one another in the Lord.  

Jesus, who was the perfect Son of God, attended church regularly every week.  Luke 4:16 states it was his “custom” to do so.  Jesus Christ sets a great example (as in many other stories, parables in the Bible) of how we as Christians are to live and continue to worship God.  We should attend church to worship God and strive to make worship service a part of our lives.  Certainly a believer can have a relationship with God, without going to church, however can we really expect to grow more in Christ if we don’t meet and spend time getting to know him better? If we don’t learn more about the teachings and doctrines put in place to keep us on the path of righteousness?  If we don’t prepare ourselves for the blessings he has in store for us?  If we don’t get with other believers to help one another conquer the many attacks from the devil?   Think back if you can to your college days when you were cramming for that final exam.  You switched up your normal study habits (which weren’t always best practices, but sufficient enough in your opinion) from simply studying in your dorm room or in the lounge to… dare I say it? The library!!! Yes, that three syllable word that somehow managed to elude your inhabitance so many times yet something about being in a place created specifically for the purpose of study and surrounding yourself with people whom were there for the same purpose, just made sense to you. 

The “bride” or “bridegroom” as Paul refers to the church in Ephesians chapter 5 is the absolute love of Christ and only wants the best for his people.  He also refers to Christ as the head of the church and the church as the body of God.  I heard a preacher use the relationship between a wife and a husband to shed further light on this aspect.  If you told someone, “I love you and I want to have a close relationship with you, but I can’t stand being around you at all.”  Sounds crazy right? In the same way, people who say “I love Jesus, but I do not want to have anything to do with the church,” are putting up a wall between themselves and Jesus.  Jesus Christ’s commitment to attending a regular worship service makes our excuses for not attending church weak and self-serving.  In addition to knowing and living his teachings God has bestowed upon us spiritual gifts that we use them to promote teaching, healing, nurturing and building up of God’s kingdom.  There is strength in numbers, being united in the body of Christ will allow us to accomplish much more together than we could ever dream of working by ourselves. Experiencing God’s grace, mercy and mighty power should motivate us to be attracted to the church.  Careers such as physicians and attorneys require several years of schooling and practice before they can master their craft.   Continuous education, studying and preparation is the backbone for their “survival” in such a tumultuous profession.   The same can be said for our spiritual fight against Satan and his powers of unrighteousness. 

There is so much to gain from attending church; friendship, extended family, closer walk with God and more. Church is our spiritual community that comforts us when we worship God. Jesus did, it’s fulfilling, and it’s our obligation as Christians.  I remember a saying I used to hear my mother and the elder members of my church say often.  “When the praises go up, the blessings come down.”

“How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”