I’ve been feeling guilty about skipping church just to get some extra sleep and run a couple of errands. Am I wrong for putting human necessities before God? I try to go to church every chance I get, but sometimes it just doesn’t go as planned. I can’t speak for other Christians, but I know when I don’t go to church for a long time I become lost spiritually and mentally.
The Bible tells me I need to attend church so we can worship God with other believers and be taught his word for my spiritual growth. I have to surround myself with other believers that have the same purpose for loving God. I could tell the more I set back and listen to the people I surrounded myself with. I tend to find that those friends who ridicule God, tends to affect my attitude and thoughts towards my beliefs.
The church is important to me because I need authority and reassurance in my life. Which comes from both reading the bible and attending church. The bible is all you need to know what God wants from his Christians. Hence the B.I.B.L.E: Basic; Instructions; Before; Leaving; Earth. And through the church’s authority structure, I see what God wants when I’m lost spiritually. When I’ve prayed, read the Bible and still aren’t sure what to do, the church is where I go for advice.
I also think the importance of going to church is because I will never stop needing grace. God will always forgive me even when I don’t deserve to be forgiven sometimes. No matter how close I am to God, I’m still going to fall short from sin(s). And when I do, I need a place where I can come to be restored healed, and renewed. That place is the church. For these reasons and more, church attendance, participation, and fellowship should be regular aspects of a believer’s life.