What does the Bible say about attendance at worship?

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25).

The early Christians “continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).

The New Testament shows that Christians in Bible days met regularly on the first day of the week to worship God, and at other times as well for study, prayer, encouragement, teaching others about salvation, etc. (Acts 2:46-47; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 14:23; 16:2).

David said, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord (Psalm 122:1). This should be our attitude as well because the principle of faithful and regular attendance is clearly taught in Gods word. For example, Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). The Bible says, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).

Christians should look forward to meeting with other Christians and with the Lord. Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).

Regardless of how many good works a person might do, it will not take the place of regular, faithful attendance with the church. We read in Acts chapter 10, Cornelius was such a good man and did many good works, but was in a lost condition. He had to be told by God’s preacher, Peter, what he must do to be saved.

Sometimes people ask if they have to attend all services of the church. When we seriously consider the teachings of the Bible, we can see that this is the wrong attitude. We should want to attend every service possible. It is hard to imagine a person living in Heaven when they haven’t wanted to worship and praise God here on earth.

Our salvation and all spiritual blessings are in Christ. When we think of God’s great blessings to us, we should be glad to give him first place in our lives.

All Christians have an appointment to meet with the Lord each week! Jesus promises “be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Rev. 2:10). Being faithful unto death includes regular attendance at the worship services, unless providentially (beyond our control) hindered.

Douglas A. Williams, Geneva AL