By Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski
Is faithful church attendance really necessary to live a victorious Christian life? A majority of Americans identify themselves as Christians, however, only an estimated half of them attend church regularly. It is easier to sleep in on Sunday mornings and just “worship” at home. Some folks will say that people are the church and not the building. Others will say God is at home too, so why not just pray there. Also, we always hear it’s what’s in the heart that counts. There are many different explanations out there to rationalize unfaithful attendance to the house of God. For this reason, it is important to understand the scriptures and know the benefits of assembling together at a local church.
Jesus emphasized the importance of gathering together in Matthew 18:20: “That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” In the context of this passage, the Lord was referring to the church. He was distinguishing the difference between the power of corporate prayer, worship, and the pursuit of God versus an individual devotion. Yes the Lord is everywhere, however, there is a special presence in the body of Christ. God will command a blessing where the saints gather together. Prayers will be more effective when we agree as there has always been strength in numbers. Nothing is impossible when the church works together!
Do you feel that you lack the abundant life that Jesus offers to his children? Not having a church family could be the missing link in your life. Do not allow hypocrites or hurt feelings rob you from this vital piece of your Christian walk. Jesus himself was verbally attacked in the synagogue but still continued participation regularly. He told us to follow in his footsteps and that he is our ultimate example. If we keep our focus on him, then we will not allow others to keep us home. He will never fail us and many of his blessings will be found in his house. Have you prayed for God to lead you to a home church? Remember that there is more to gain than to lose in this part of God’s plan.
Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected]