Is Missing Church, Forsaking Church?

The question I have asked myself many times and even here in the last couple of months is this, “If I miss a church service for whatever reason, am I forsaking church?”

As stated in the previous blog, I believe church attendance is important! I believe it should be a top weekly priority for the Christian! I believe that going to church is needed for a healthy Christian life!

But the question is there, what if I have to miss a service because of this or that? What if I have to work on a Sunday morning? What if my kid is sick and I can’t make it? Am I disobeying Hebrews 10:25? The Christian’s go-to verse for church attendance!

“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.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:25‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I’ve heard it preached many times throughout my life that if you miss church for anything you are forsaking church! I agree that you shouldn’t miss church, I agree that you shouldn’t make it a habit of missing church! But to say if you miss church, you’re forsaking church or forsaking the assembling together is something I do not agree with!

Here’s why…

The word ‘forsake’ means to renounce or turn away from entirely! Let that definition sink in for a minute!

Now let’s look at a word in that definition above, ‘renounce’. This word means to refuse to follow, obey, or recognize any further.

I’ve asked myself before, even last week, when I have to work, am I forsaking church? Am I renouncing church? Am I turning away from church? The answer is no.

Now I can point to people I’ve known my whole life who at one point were faithful church members but at some point they forsook church. They renounced church. They have turned away completely from church.

Christian, do everything you can to attend church, it’s important! But just know that for you to forsake church it will take more than just missing a service here and there. You will have to renounce church, you will have to turn away from church, you will have to live a life that church and God is totally absent from to forsake church.


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The Importance of Church Attendance

Don’t stop reading yet! Don’t think like you know what the rest of this blog is going say!!

Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about church attendance and why it is an important part of a healthy Christian life.

Notice, I didn’t say the most important part of a healthy Christian life. If I had to rank the things a Christian needs to do to be a healthy Christian, I would probably put church attendance somewhere between 4-6 on that list. (That would be an interesting blog to write, which I will do sometime!)

I believe church attendance is important and we can see that in the New Testament.

First thing we need to understand is who founded and created the church.

“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16:18‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:19-22‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Jesus Christ is the founder of the church. He is the chief cornerstone! Just like we believe the Bible is important because it’s God’s Word, we need to understand that church is important because Jesus Christ founded and started the first church.

The significance of the church in the New Testament is that the church and the temple of the Old Testament are two different establishments.

The Old Testament temple was a place for the Hebrew children to go to offer their sacrifices as an atonement for their sin.

The New Testament church is a place for born again believers to gather together to worship and serve the Lord Jesus Christ their Saviour.

Secondly, church attendance is important because it is an opportunity to be spiritually fed.

I firmly believe that as a Christian, we need to walk with God daily! We need to daily be fed from His Word and through prayer.

Church is like a restaurant in the sense that I’m going to be spiritually fed. I have spiritually eaten at my house during the week through my own devotions and now it’s time to go out and eat…at church.

If you are going to church and feel like you aren’t getting fed, there is two possible issues. First, always look at yourself. Did you go hungry for some spiritual food? Are you in a place spiritually to be fed? Don’t blame others for your lack of being fed at church, always look at yourself first. Secondly, and this is where people might have an issue, you may not be getting fed because the preacher isn’t bringing spiritual food to the table. Just like the person in the audience needs to be ready to eat, the preacher needs to be ready to serve the spiritual food. It works both ways.

Lastly, the reason why church attendance is important is because it provides good Christian fellowship.

The fellowship of the believers isn’t something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. After being in the world all week, you should enjoy going to a place where essentially everyone is like minded in that they want to please the Lord.

Attending church should be like an oasis in the desert. It should be a place that refreshes and recharges the Christian. Between the preaching and the fellowship and everything in between, church is important for the Christian.

You may be wondering how I could write a whole blog about “The Importance of Church Attendance” and not mention Hebrews 10:25. This verse is the go to verse for many on way church attendance should be a priority. While it is a great verse, it is not the end all, be all verse for church attendance. In the next blog, we will discuss this verse and what it means to church attendance!


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How To Behave In Church – Lesson 3

“But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” I Timothy 3:15

Behave – to manage the actions of oneself in a particular way; to conduct oneself in a proper manner.

How To Behave In Church – Lesson 1

How To Behave In Church – Lesson 2

I have been thinking and praying a lot this week about which attribute to right about next in our behavior towards church. Last week we talked about being faithful, which I think is one of the most important attributes. Without faithfulness to church, you might as well not have these other attributes. From here until we are finished, we necessarily will not be discussing these attributes in order of importance.

Today, I want to look at the attribute of BEING CHEERFUL.

“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Psalms 122:1

Back when I graduated high school, I had a sermon I preached titled “Don’t Be A Deadhead.” I used Ephesians 2:1-6, where it talked about being dead in sins and then being quickened through Jesus Christ. Being MADE ALIVE through Jesus Christ. Being SAVED from our sins through Jesus Christ! I preached that we needed to have life, be excited, be happy that we are saved from our sins and on our way to Heaven. I preached that we should have joy through Jesus Christ for all that He has done for us. It isn’t always easy to be happy, but we should have that true joy in our life that is only found through Jesus Christ.

As I was thinking about being cheerful, I thought about that message I preached. I thought about how a Christian should be happy, how they should be full of joy. If we are to be glad when we go to the House of the Lord, what does it take. It isn’t always easy to be happy when it is time for church. You may have worked all day, had a rough day, don’t feel good, whatever the reason, you just may not be happy.

Glad – having a cheerful or happy disposition by nature.

When it is time for church, we should be glad. We should be cheerful and happy. How can we be cheerful for church?

  • Salvation through Jesus Christ. We will never be truly happy in church, unless we have Jesus Christ as our Saviour. I say this with confidence knowing that before I accepted Christ, I only went to church out of duty and habit. Now that I am saved, I can truly say that I am glad to church. Salvation is what quickens you, like I mentioned before, it gives you life and with life there should be happiness.
  • Separation from the world. Many Christians dread going to church because they have been living like the world Monday through Saturday. They are covered in the filth of the world and there is no resemblance of a Christian in their life. Until Sunday morning when it is time for church. They aren’t glad to go to church, to hear godly singing and preaching, they aren’t glad to be around other Christians who are living a righteous life, they aren’t glad to be under the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. Sounds like a rough time when you live a life of worldliness. But on the other hand, if you lived a life that was pleasing to God and you walked with God throughout the week, you will be excited for church. You will enjoy church because to you it is an oasis in the desert of this world. It is a place to find refuge from the attacks of the world. It is a place that refreshes and re-energizes you to go back out and fight and live a separated life. You are glad to be in church separated from the world.

Be cheerful when you go to church. Have a smile on your face. Enjoy the fellowship of the believers. Enjoy the singing and the preaching.

Be glad when it is church time!!


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