So, you’re wondering why people go to church every Sunday. Chances are you know a few people who seem to be a lot like you, except they go to church. We think one of the best ways you can learn about why people go to church is to ask someone that seems to love it. Trust us; most Christians are waiting for you to ask just that.
But here’s a general idea of why people go to church.
Learn about God and Jesus. Many people attend church because they know the love and kindness of God. They simply want to know more about God by studying the Bible at church and asking questions.
Grow closer to God. We call it worship, but it’s basically an act of growing closer to God through singing, giving and being in His presence. (Don’t worry, churches don’t require you give money; it’s a choice.)
Friends. You like to be around people that have things in common with you, right? Well, so do Christians. The funny thing is, God brings people of all walks of life together under one common bond – Jesus. Think about how diverse a church must be with young and old, rich and poor, techy and non-techy, yet they all enjoy each other as a family. Don’t worry; you’ll fit in too.
To help others. You know how you feel good when you do a good deed? That’s because God designed you that way. People also attend church to have an opportunity to help others or, as we call it, serve others. You’ll never feel more fulfilled than when you have helped someone who couldn’t possibly repay you. Churches can help people find opportunities to serve others.
Doubts about going?
Still a little uneasy about going to church? It’s okay to be nervous, lots of people are. Watch this short video to see what others have to say about the “reasons people don’t attend church”.
What Church is Not.
Church is NOT religion. Religion is man-made rules telling you how to be right with God. Jesus came to abolish religion. Simply put, Jesus came to establish His church, one where you can have a direct relationship with God through Him.
Church is NOT a set of stuffy old rules
Church is NOT about being perfect or boring all the time
Church is NOT about giving all your money to the church
Church is NOT about earning your way to heaven (you can’t, Jesus gives it away for free)
Church IS about being a place where you can learn about God, love God and have the opportunity to love and be loved by others
Why do people need church?
You probably know somebody that says they know God, but don’t need to go to church to have Faith. Well, they probably mean they don’t need religion. We agree. Church isn’t about belonging to a religion with all kinds of man-made rules; it’s about being a part of something bigger than you and gathering to grow closer to God.
Let’s put it this way:
Jesus established the church and specifically asked us to be in a church. Not to get preached at, but to belong to a place that would help us learn about God together, establish a legacy for our children and help others in need. So, if Jesus asked us to go to church, wouldn’t it be important to attend? We think so. If you’re not enjoying church, perhaps you need to get more involved or find a different style church that fuels your passions for service and growing closer to God.