As A Christian, Do I Need To Go To Church Every Sunday?

There has been a lot of debate about this topic “do I need to go to church every Sunday as a christian?” To answer this question, I’d like to start from the beginning to have a better understanding of the church, why Sunday? And why do I need or not need to go. Follow me. Why do christians worship on Sunday? Although the sabbath day, which is Saturday, is the day, the Lord selected as the day of rest and worship. However, in the new testament, the Christian church began to worship and rest on the first day of the week – Sunday. So does that mean Christians are violating God’s rule of worshipping on Saturday and made it Sunday? Well, here is the explanation. First, the bases for observing the sabbath, as stated in Exod 20 vs. 11 is that God rested on the 7th day after six days of work. God blessed the 7th day and sanctified it. It was then that the sabbath day was instituted as the day of rest and worship. So the people of Israel followed God’s example and his pattern of work and rest. Jesus however, corrected the distorted view of the Pharisees in Mark 2 vs. 27,” the sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.” So this means, the sabbath day was not instituted to enslave people but to benefit man. The spirit of sabbath observers is continued in the new testament when we observe a day of rest and worship on the first day of the week. Secondly, according to Col 2 vs. 17, the sabbath was a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.” The sabbath observers was associated with redemption in Deut. 5 vs. 15, where Moses stated, “rememer you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm, therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day. It means the sabbath was a shadow of redemption, which will be ( was ) provided in Christ. It symbolizes the rest from our work into the rest of God provided. The command and principle in the old testament were reaffirmed in the new testament except the command to set Saturday apart as the day of rest and worship, and some of the reasons for this is because new testament believers believe they are no more under the old testament law. See Romans 6:14, “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. See also, Gal. 5:24-25. It was by Jesus resurrecting on the first day of the week, continued the period of succeeding Sundays, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, the early church was given the pattern of Sunday worship. The early church met regularly on Sundays – See Acts 20 vs. 7 and in 1st Corinthians 16 vs. 2. Sunday worship was further allowed by our Lord, who appeared to John in a great vision on the Lord’s day in Rev 1 vs. 10. These are the reasons why Early Christians worship on Sundays rather than on the Jewish sabbath. They never saw themselves as jews anymore, and it all boils down that Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead on a Sunday. The above has established why Sunday. To answer your question, kindly follow me on. Is it a sin to not go to Church? Or why should I go to church as a Christian every Sunday? The truth is, a person can be a Christian and not go to church. However, 1 Cor. 12 vs. 27 says, ” Now you’re christ’s body, and individually members of it in particular.” Do you see that? This simply means, as a member of the body of Christ( the church), we should be part of the physical body representation of God. As a part of the body, if you separate yourself from the body, you will die a natural death. It’s like a tree with different branches, if a branch plucks itself out, it is sure that it will die a natural death. So also is leaving or not worshipping with the body of Christ regularly. No matter how independent you think you may be, you will eventually get dried up. The church is an important part, it’s called the Bride of Christ. You think you can worship God alone yourself? Okay. See 1 Cor. 12:21 ” The eyes cannot say to the hand, I don’t need you, and the head cannot say to the feet, I don’t need you.” This is for the fact that we all need each other. Most people will not be in Christ today if not for a part of the body of Christ – the church. That’s where the encouragement is. Listen! Where your mind will deceive you; your eyes won’t. As you worship together with believers on Sundays, your faith becomes strengthened as you see other believer walk in faith with God. The more you see a friend trust in God, go further with God and receive God’s blessings, the more you get encouraged to press harder for a new level with God. No matter what level you’re, there is always a new level. The more you go further, the more life comes into you. Another thing is, there is a kind of spiritual security you have when you go to Church, and you’re surrounded by God’s people. So, in answer to the question, I’d say you can still be a Christian and not go to church every Sunday. However, keep in mind that abstaining from Church( Sunday in this case), you’re indirectly going to an ugly, unhealthy, and a place of death. We have to be in Christ’s body(church) for us to be the kind of people He created us to be. Christians are one body, and coming together regularly helps us gain strength from one another. You should not abstain from the body. Now, let’s go a little further. Your attention should not be attending Church but getting involved in church. The following reasons are for you to see why you should go to Church and be involved.

  1. The theme around the old testament revolves around the church. So, don’t you think it’s too important, that’s why it’s the whole theme the old testament is based on?

  2. In Heb 10 vs. 25. We were actually given a warning about forsaking the church. It says, “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” This simply means, don’t forsake going to church. That is very clear. Right? Yes.

  3. Matt 18 vs. 20 also says, ” for where two or three are gathered in my name; there I’m in the midst of them.” In conclusion From the above explanation that I made, I want to believe you as a christian has seen why you should go to church Sunday, not only that but also to get involved in Church. God bless you.

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