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.