Why should I go to church?

3 reasons why going to church can change your life

 

Every so often, I hear from people ask, “Why should I go to church every week?” It’s a great question. Personally, I remember going through a phase during my college years where I stopped attending church altogether. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to go to church, I just always had a reason not to go. Sometimes I had a pressing school assignment, other times I was out of town, but most times I just chose to sleep in.

As I think back on that time, I remember feeling like I was missing something big in my life but I couldn’t quite identify what it was. Through a series of circumstances God changed my life and I made a decision that if I wanted to truly follow Jesus, I would go to church every Sunday. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this was one of the most important decisions I have ever made. The simple choice of attending church faithfully has transformed my destiny and I want to share with you 3 reasons why it can change yours too.

 

  1. The people you meet at church will change your life.

Over the past 20 years I have found that my closest friends have all come from the church I attend. It isn’t that my church had a friend-matching program. It is simply that Christian community occurs when you start going to church together.

I met my wife at church. I remember seeing her at church one day and was absolutely blown away by her. If I hadn’t been there I never would have met Tabitha who is the love of my life. I would have married someone very different and with different morals and values if I wasn’t a part of my community. In a very real way, you will have a different life if you attend a church.

 

  1. Attending a church allows you to be a part of something much bigger than you.

We all want our life to matter. At some point, everyone starts thinking about their legacy. What will I leave behind? Will what I do today matter at all? The good news is that when you come to church you are investing your time in the one thing that God will use to change the world – the individual stories of people brought to restoration through the gospel.

In the past 10 years that I have been planting a church I have been amazed at the kind of people who have darkened the doors of Green Hills Church. We have had people from over 30 countries worship among us. We have had doctors, cops, and drug dealers worship in the same row of chairs. I have seen marriages saved and broken hearts restored. All of this happens because normal, ordinary people gather together on Sundays to worship a magnificent savior. Sunday worship is never a common experience. The simple act of gathering together resonates with eternity.

 

  1. Being a part of a church allows you to be a missionary.

I grew up as a missionary kid in Bogota, Colombia in the height of the drug wars. My parents were church planters there for 30 years. It is easy to romanticize the mission field and think that true missions only happen there. But what is so fascinating to me now is the realization that I am doing the exact same thing in Nashville as my dad did in Bogota. Both of us preach the gospel, raise up leaders, and plant churches. If I was in a third world country I would be doing the exact same things that I do in Nashville. The same is true of you whenever you decide to commit to attending church.

So how do you see this change actually happen? You have to choose to be engaged at your church. A church is a constellation of individual stories. Each person carries a story with them of God’s grace and their own struggle. The only way you get to know and contribute to their stories is by being available and being known.

If you are not a part of any church, I suggest you find a community that you can invest in. We are part of a collection of churches called Acts 29. You can find a great church by checking out their church finder resource here. If you are in Nashville, we would love to have you join us in making Jesus famous in this city.

Written by Mike Harder

Mike was born and raised as a missionary kid in Bogota, Colombia. After moving to the states, Mike attended Northwestern College, St. Paul, Minn., and graduated with a B.A. in Church Ministry. He then moved to Memphis and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Mike and his wife, Tabitha, and their two daughters, Abigail and Violet, live in Brentwood, Tenn. He has written two studies for LifeWay: In Transit: What Do You Do with Your Wait? and Jaded. His passions are coffee, friendships and basketball.