It can be easy to get caught up in the winds of culture. We read about the decline in church attendance, the rise of the “nones” (those who claim no religious affiliation), and the reported waning of Christian influence on society.

These reports can easily get us down and cause us to question some of our most cherished beliefs—such as the importance of church attendance. But nothing can replace what the church provides. In light of these challenges, here are three reasons why the church is essential to our lives—maybe now more than ever!

1. In a culture of increasing isolation, church brings us together. With nearly everything we need from a material standpoint at our fingertips and just a mouse click away, it can be easy to forgo the meeting together of the body of Christ.

But the author of Hebrews wrote, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25, NIV).

2. It’s where the body of Christ is best represented. The body of Christ is the most diverse group on the planet. It’s where people from all walks of life gather and proclaim their unity and belief in Him. And we can be assured that Christ is in our midst.

Matthew wrote, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20, NIV).

3. It’s where we grow as a believer. It’s difficult to be challenged, taught and nurtured on our own. Sanctification doesn’t occur in a vacuum, but in a relational setting where we are open to the move of the Holy Spirit.

The apostle Paul said, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts” (Colossians 3:16, NIV).

Don’t let the challenges of our times diminish your love—and need—for the church. Reinvest your commitment to the body of Christ, and you’ll experience the joy, comfort and peace that only Christ offers. 

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