5 Reasons to Go to Church

About six years ago our family stopped attending church for a few months. I was feeling worn out, disillusioned (whatever that means) or some other label that you could put on it.

The real answer to all of it was quite simply, pride. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I had grown to believe that I could do a better job than the pastor. The reality is that I had strengths the pastor didn’t have (which is what I focused on), and the pastor had strengths that I didn’t have (which I didn’t focus on). Instead of focusing on how to combine our strengths to build the kingdom of God, I left.

Through that period of time, and up until now, I have learned a lot about community and the importance of being part of a faith community.

Here are some of the big things I have learned about community in the context of the local church:

1. Authentic, genuine Christ-centered community will expose pride. It’s why there can be a lot of tension in churches. This is why we have to face this tension and ask the Holy Spirit to help us release it.

It takes a large amount of humility to deal with God’s family.

2. People in the community are not employees. “Church would be great if it wasn’t for the people” has been one of my favorite sayings. Of course, it’s an utterly ridiculous thought. Without people, there would be no church, and the real church is people (not buildings).

The church is people, not a building.

3. Some people are just difficult to deal with. Personalities clash, values differ, votes are cast for separate political parties and yet we all worship together at the same place each week. The Apostle Paul recognized this when he said:

“As much as in within you, live at peace with all men.” 

4. By not appreciating people in your community means you are not appreciating God’s creation. God created everyone of those people and He believed that they are worth dying for. Community must begin with the belief that those in fellowship with us were worth Christ dying for. “Community is where the person you like least always live.”

Some people are just difficult to love.

5. It is ridiculous to assume that no one in your community finds it difficult to love you. We are quick to judge and complain about others in our faith community, but don’t stop to realize that somebody in our faith community struggles to love us or even like us.

There may be someone who has left your faith community because of you.

A community of faith is messy and sometimes hurtful, but it’s still worth it. Community is the method by which Jesus chose to make disciples and to heal the world. We simply can’t do that on our own.

About Matthew Thisse

Matthew Thisse is a Jesus follower, single father, associate pastor, and corporate trainer. He is a former Evangelical and a failed fundamentalist.

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  1. I found it interesting that you state that going to church will help you get rid of your pride and come closer to God. My family is moving to a new state this summer and we want to continue our church attendance when we arrive. I will keep this in mind while we are looking for church services in our new area.

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