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There are many things in life that we need to attend to. Deal with your earthly responsibilities without procrastinating otherwise opportunities may be lost (Prov 20:4). Likewise, you need to intentionally apply yourself to the spiritual disciplines as these will not just happen without focused input.

How faithfully do I attend church? While it is not a requirement of faith, it is beneficial for our spiritual life and follows the example of those in the early church for the Bible states, “do not neglect to meet with other believers for mutual encouragement and support” (Act 2:42-47; Heb 3:13, 10:25). Thus

Attending Church is another opportunity to connect with Christ

although no amount of church attendance will earn eternity in heaven, being connected to a good local church is crucial for Christians. While our most important relationship is with God (which can happen anywhere at any time), it is vital to also connect with other Christians so we can worship God together and be taught His Word for our spiritual growth. We should worship God, pray and gain insights from the Bible on our own, but there is an added dimension in a corporate setting when many are present and contributing to the spiritual life of the group, encouraging each other and utilizing the various gifts He has given (Rom 15:2; 1 Cor 12:12-27, 14:26; Eph 4:11-13,16; 1 Thes 5:11; 1 Pet 2:5-7).

Paul said, “Attend [devote] yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and teaching (1 Tim 4:13). It is important not just to attend and receive but also to engage in the life of the church by giving of ourselves so we are developed, coming into a place of maturity through which our ministry will be outworked. There is an added blessing or bond when two or more believers come together in His name, united in purpose and passionate in action (Mt 18:20).

Satan desires to separate and divide believers. Together in a fire, embers provide ongoing heat to those glowing around them, yet when separated these coals soon go out. From the combined backing that individuals receive in a supportive environment they are empowered to reach into their worlds and make a difference for Christ.

See also: church, responsible/responsibility, spiritual disciplines.