Hebrews 10:25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
I hear all the time how some Christians feel they can be “a good Christian” even if they aren’t a member of a local church. They feel that they can hear God just as good from a deer stand in nature or watching Christian television. Although you can experience God in nature, and some Christian television is wonderful, neither is a substitute for being hooked up with a local church.
The benefits of attending a great church are too numerous to mention, let alone the biblical command that God expects his believers to obey. Here are but a few of the great paybacks of going to a good church.
First of all, church is a perfect family activity. Even in the smallest of churches have groups or classes for everyone. For example, godly teachers make it their pleasure to input God’s Word into children. They mentor kids and supplement what parents are teaching from home. Youth groups attend summer camps, go on mission trips, and promote all sorts of activities with other believing kids, and so on. The miscellaneous picnics, programs, and practical Bible centered events are extremely valuable. Adults can learn, serve, and enjoy interaction with others all in the same place. I could go on and on about the great music, useful Bible teaching, and opportunities to network with others, but the point is reasonably made.
Last, but not at all least is the fact that God promises to bless those who diligently seek Him. Most people I know that stay at home on weekend services are sleeping in or watching way too much television. So, lets all get out of our comfortable homes and seek God together.