By Benny Daniels | Senior Pastor DCC
How often do you attend church? For many people, the answer to that question may be not as often as I should or never—which isn’t necessarily good news if you believe in the importance of following God’s will and keeping your faith strong. Church can provide a number of benefits to your faith, including spiritual renewal, community support, and deeper knowledge about God’s love. Here are seven reasons why you should try to attend church on a regular basis (no matter how busy you are).
1. When you go to church, you connect with people
Going to church and worshiping with other people provides you with a support network of like-minded individuals who want to see you succeed. While your friends and family might be supportive, they’re not obligated to help you, whereas your church community is. This can help provide an extra level of motivation when times get tough. Remember that two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up… And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:9–12).
2. When you go to church, you strengthen your faith
Attending church gives you a chance to deepen your knowledge of God and His Word. The Bible says, You are my witnesses, declares the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me (Isaiah 43:10). The more we learn about God from studying His Word and listening to sermons taught by spiritual leaders in our churches, we can begin to trust Him more fully. And when we have faith in God’s love for us—no matter what—our happiness increases. We can face life with a sense of purpose; we don’t have to live aimlessly or stress over situations beyond our control.
3. When you go to church, you hear good news
God loves you! Christ died for you! The Spirit of God lives in you. This good news can bring about transformation in your life and help you live a life that is pleasing to God. These are 7 reasons why every person should attend church each week: 1.The Word of God is spoken at church: A lot of Bible reading happens at home, but when you go to church, there’s something special about hearing it preached by someone else who has studied and practiced it their whole life. No doubt, people who have studied and practiced it their whole life have something important to say when they teach or preach4. .
4. When you go to church, God speaks to you
Through worship, sermons, and prayer. God has a lot to say to you. Regular church attendance helps you hear what He’s saying. You need accountability: Making regular church attendance a priority helps keep you accountable for how you live your life. The Bible says: Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober (1 Thessalonians 5:6). This is why we should go to church every week – it gives us spiritual nourishment on which we can feast so that we might grow spiritually.
5. Going to church allows you to serve others
When you attend church, you get to do something good for others. Whether you help prepare food for an event or deliver food to a shut-in, serving others is an excellent way to make yourself feel better. After all, there’s a reason why service organizations like Lions Club and Rotary exist! There’s also an emotional release that comes from helping out—no matter how big or small your contribution is. Even if it feels like it doesn’t matter much at first, over time those sacrifices add up. And going to church allows you to serve others on a weekly basis, instead of having your one act of giving have to last for weeks in order for you to feel like you made a difference.
6. Going to church is an uplifting experience
Most of us have been to church at some point in our lives. It’s a place where people come together, set aside their differences and make connections with others. In doing so, they often feel better about themselves and what they’re doing in life. Attending services has psychological effects on people that last throughout their day. Some psychologists argue that attending church boosts confidence and happiness levels during waking hours after leaving services; others say it’s because of a person’s connection to a group or organization that he or she cares about. Research has found evidence for both theories (and more) showing how attending church is psychologically beneficial for many people. While religious participation tends to be linked to mental health benefits, there may also be other reasons you should attend services.
7. Going to church gives you hope in life
Hope is a powerful thing. In fact, many believe that hope is what gives people strength when all else fails. Of course, sometimes our hope isn’t just in God or in His church but in other things—things that can never fulfill all of our deepest needs. If you’re looking for real, lasting hope and fulfillment, it’s important to check out local churches to find out how they can help you grow closer to God. Our faith isn’t meant to be kept on a shelf—it should be expressed through worship at your local church.