Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch.
So for a whole year, Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. Acts 11:25-26 (NIV)
Attending church is a biblical pattern set forth for Christians by the first followers of Christ.
Back in Antioch, where the disciples of Jesus and the other followers of Christ would all gather weekly (and at times even daily) to worship God together.
Additionally, the Scripture has it that they would share community in one an other’s home.
Interestingly, the letters of Paul and the other apostles were sent to the church communities that always gathered in various cities to be read aloud in the presence of everyone.
Meanwhile, these gatherings gave birth to the church. Ironically, when the word church is mentioned, the first thing that often comes to the mind of many is a physical building.
So here comes a very crucial question.
What is a Church?
Usually, we use the word ‘Church’ to refer to two things: the first is converging with other believers to worship God, listening to the Scriptures and biblical teachings together, and encouraging one another in the faith.
The second is the physical building or a place where Christians come together as a body to worship God and hear His Word.
Besides being a place we worship and listen to God’s Word, it is also a community where we share things in common.
This generally includes praying for one another, serving others, hurting with those hurting, and mainly being involved in the lives of fellow brethren. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV).
Furthermore, in the Bible, the word “Church” is used in three different ways: one refers to the church at home. This is when a group of people meets in the house where one or more of them live.
Two used the term as a city or regional church. This, on the other hand, refers to believers who live in or around a certain part of the world.
Lastly, it is also used to refer to a universal church – all the people who were, are, and will ever be Christians.
In a nutshell, the simple church at home grows bigger, together to form a city or regional church, which in turn make up the universal church.
Meanwhile, whether it is a small gathering like “the church at home” or a much bigger Christian gathering, the Bible commands us to meet regularly.
Gathering together with other believers regularly has ever innumerable spiritual and physical benefits.
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75 Benefits of Attending Church Regularly
You have the privilege to listen to God’s undiluted word
Learn ways to apply God’s word in your life
You fellowship with other members of the body of Christ
Have the opportunity to worship God freely
Get some big life questions answered
The preaching and teaching of Scripture will provide direction for your life.
Make some godly friends
You find encouragement in your walk with God
Ir shows you are a true disciple of Christ
Your spiritual life receives a boost
If you have kids, they will be trained in the way of the Lord
You may meet someone special if you are single
It makes you knowledgeable about the Bible
Keeps you mentally stable
Provides you with an avenue for service and ministry
It helps you develop leadership skills
You receive inspiration for daily living
Become a better version of yourself
It teaches you to improve your interpersonal and social skills
You will experience God’s goodness firsthand
It gives you a positive perspective about life
You experience the love of Christ through the love others will extend to you.
Provides you with the courage to confront your fears
You learn how to win souls for Christ
It gives you an opportunity to give to the needy
You will learn how to love as Christ does
It gives you an opportunity to bring others to Christ
You will learn how to pray and intercede for others
It will help you develop an intimate relationship with God
The testimonies of others will keep you encouraged
Your faith will increase considerably
It honors God
Makes God mindful of you
It brings about God’s blessings
You are obeying the Scripture, and the blessings of obedience will be yours.
Provides you with the opportunity to get clarifications on spiritual matters
Increases self-confidence and self-love
You are constantly reminded of how much God loves you
Provides you with an avenue for repentance
You will learn how to be in the world, but not of the world
Enable you to stay focused in life
It helps you set your priorities right
Is the best place to make real and loyal friends
You will constantly be reminded that you have nothing to fear
It puts you on the side of victory, which Christ already won for us
It helps you focus more on God instead of yourself, which is a great thing to do
Makes you bolder
Provides spiritual nourishment for your soul
Strengthens your faith
Will help you discipline yourself in every aspect of life
It prepares you for the coming of Christ
You will receive love and support in your time of need
Make you mentally stable and healthy
It prompts happy marriages
You receive grace to cope with trials and temptations.
It will help increase your ability to cope with the trials of life.
You will become a happier and a more joyful person
Provide you with the opportunity to take part in the work of missions
Your kids will learn and understand scriptures better
It will make you become a better member of your local community
Your kids will grow up very confident
Keeps you out of trouble
Provides you with divine protection
God will answer you when you call because you belong to Him
Give you a sense of purpose and makes you a fulfilled person
Provides you with an avenue to declare your stand for Christ wherever you are
It gives you the opportunity to express your love for God
The fellowship with other brethren will help you draw closer to God
Growth of the fruit of the Spirit will likely happen
Sends a message to all that you are a Christian
Will make your life flourish
Help you encourage others in their walk of faith
You will discover your gifts and talents and be able to share them with others.
Help you realize your ministry and true calling.
You will learn to hear God and understand when He speaks to you, and so on.
Evidently, the benefits of attending church regularly are so overwhelmingly innumerable that no one would want to exempt him or herself from attending church regularly.
Perhaps you have not fully identified with a church, or you would have loved to attend church regularly, but you have not found one that suits you perfectly.
You do not need to worry about this as I have got you totally covered.
In the next part of this article, I am going to provide you with some vital things you need to look out for when searching for a good church for yourself.
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How to Choose a Good Church
Choosing a great church is one of the most important decisions that some of us have made at different times in our lives.
It is undeniably true that the local church where we worship helps shape us, who we become, and especially our relationship with God. So the question here is, how do you find a church that is right for you?
Below, you will find some valuable pointers to help your search. But keep in mind that the first thing you must do is to commit it into the hands of the Holy Spirit so that He can lead you as you make this very important decision.
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The following are the things you must look out for:
- The Inerrancy of the Scripture;
The Bible is God’s word, and as such, its content should be taught and preached correctly – without misinterpretation.
Hence, when looking for a church, ensure the Bible is the main resource for both teachings and preaching in that place of worship.
Secondly, find out if they believe that God’s word is the final authority on every matter taught there.
- A Place of Worship:
One of the reasons we go to church is to worship God, especially together with fellow members of the body of Christ.
An ideal church is one that teaches the essence of worship. As well as practices and encourages members to worship God, both individually and corporately
. You should, however, note that worship is not only about singing or sitting through a worship service. But a place where you can connect directly with God in every service.
In a nutshell, you should look out for strong elements of the culture of worship while choosing a church.
- A Church That Encourages Discipleship:
A disciple of Christ is simply a follower of Jesus; and someone who is learning to become more like Him.
More so, an ideal church is always more concerned about growing its members than growing numerically. A church committed to equipping members to grow, especially spiritually, is a place to be.
- A Place With Sound Doctrine:
Sound doctrine is a requirement for every Bible-believing Church. To find this out, you can simply take a look at the doctrinal statement of the church.
Interestingly, most churches have this on their website, so you can check out their website to see if its doctrinal statement agrees with the Scripture in every sense.
A sound doctrinal statement will mention these five very important topics: Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit); sin, salvation, the Bible, and the Church.
- A Place Where You Will Experience Christian Fellowship:
True Christian fellowship is nothing like a social gathering. It is a place where you will find encouragement, support, and guidance that will help you grow the way God wants you to.
Hence, you should look for a place of worship that encourages true fellowship in every service. Such a church is one where the love of Jesus thrives.
- A Place Where There is Expositional Preaching:
First, expositional preaching refers to the most biblically recommended style of preaching. The major objective of this style of preaching is to make bare the meaning of God’s word.
Evidently, this will enable members of the congregation can apply them appropriately to their life.
So if you want to settle for a church, I urge you lookout for a place where the minister in charge always does expository preaching of God’s word.
- A Church That Cares About Evangelism:W
hen choosing a church, ensure it is one that its primary calling is to preach the gospel to the unsaved.
A gospel-minded church proclaims the good news of Christ at all times so that those who are yet to believe in Jesus will have an opportunity to do so, and other believers can find encouragement and inspiration through it.
A church that is sincerely all about soul-winning and salvation is certainly one to consider.
The list above is certainly not an exhaustive one. However, the guide is more than sufficient to find a church that is the right fit for you.
Just as we are very far from perfect; there is also no perfect church anywhere. Therefore, when you find the right place of worship, stay there patiently and grow there.
Honestly, I always feel very blessed to be a part of a great church – which is the reason I am often very excited about two things: one is attending church frequently.
My second excitement comes from knowing Christ, experiencing Him, and helping others to get excited about knowing Him, too.
How about you? What are your reasons for going to church? How has attending church regularly impacted or changed your life considerably?
Finally, you should probably share these benefits of attending church regularly with someone and get them to cultivate the habit of attending church regularly.