Attending Church

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How many of us go to church every week (or most weeks)?

What is keeping us from going to church?

Is there anything wrong with not going to church? [Leave this question open ended; don’t answer it yet.]

What is the purpose of church?

The primary, most important reason for us to attend church is to worship the Lord. It is an expression of our love for God, and an acknowledgement to other people that we are Christians.

32 “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.

Matthew 10:32-33 (NIV)

Worshiping the Lord is the primary reason, but there are many other reasons as well. What are some other reasons?

Church builds up our spiritual strength. Hearing the word of the Lord increases our faith and helps us to make the right decisions on a daily basis.

17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

Romans 10:17 (NLT)

Church gives us fellowship with other Christians from all walks of life.

7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

1 John 1:7 (NLT)

Why is it important for us to have fellowship with Christians of all ages instead of just our peers? [Christian adults have been through things that none of our peers have.]

So obviously we all need to go to church. What do we do if our parents don’t attend church? [Very few parents will refuse if their kid genuinely asks to attend church because they want to learn more about Jesus. If that fails, get a ride with a friend.]

What do we do if we have other things going on on Sunday morning? [Realize that church is more important than sporting events or anything else that goes on on Sunday morning, but you can always attend a service at a different time as well.]

If we’re not going to church, we’re missing out on many opportunities in our faith, and we’re hurting our chances for God to use us effectively.

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4 Responses to Attending Church

  1. Nolan Hoyer says:

    This is an important issue that is often neglected. Ironically, you will give the lesson to people who “attend church,” at least on the day that you share it. However, some of them aren’t necessarily that regular, and they can encourage family to come if they don’t already. I see some evangelistic potential in the lesson topic… How do you think we could get the parents of the teens to be more likely to come to church?

    • Jason Carr says:

      Yeah, good thought. I wrote this lesson mainly because most of the teens in my group are not attending church other than youth group. That said, yeah, there’s definitely evangelistic potential.

      The problem I run into with evangelism and lessons on “attending church” though is that church is so taboo these days; it’s a shame. It’s almost like you have to approach it from an anti-religion, pro-relationship perspective. That said, we all know that our relationships with Christ need fellowship with other Christians, so secluded Christianity doesn’t work, and church is extremely important. But I find it difficult to bring up with non-Christians or new Christians, tbh…

      • celeste smith says:

        I have the same issues with my youth. They don’t attend on Sunday and NONE of their parents come at all. What would you say to a youth whose parent is actively trying to discourage her children and their faith?

        • Jason Carr says:

          I’ve been in that situation before; it’s an unfortunate one. You don’t want to encourage any teen to rebel from his or her parents, but at the same they need to realize that their parents are wrong in this situation. The best advice I’ve been able to give to a teen in that situation is just to tell them to show Christ’s love to their parents. I have seen that work before with one particular teen, but of course it takes a pretty strong person to make that happen. Tell them that you’re there for them whenever they need you, and that they just need to do their best to love.

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