The other day a question came up “Why aren’t there more people in church? I started thinking about this… Really… why??? For all of us that believe, we know the benefits of attending church regularly, such as prayer, learning, fellowship, ministering to others, encouragement, just to name a few. This is a meeting place for God and Man. In Matthew 18:20 says “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”(NASB) But still that doesn’t answer the question, “Why aren’t there more people in church?.
Maybe 25 Years ago or so, you would find about 75% of the people of this nation in church on Sunday mornings. Today this percentage is about 50%. There’s been a big reduction in church attendance. Why is this? Let’s look at a few reasons this might be happening.
First, Today if the parents do not attend church their children don’t go. The child learns from the parents both good and bad habits. Second, We live in a world of what’s in it for me. The world looks at things in a very selfish point of view. The opposite of the bible doctrine. Third, I would rather be doing other things. Resting, sleeping in, activities such as sports and hobbies just to mention a few. Fourth, You don’t have to attend church to go to heaven. This is true. Church along cannot get you into Heaven. Salvation comes by the Grace of God and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. But to walk with God we need to follow is commands. In Hebrews 10:25 says “Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”(NIV) We see that the scripture tells us to gather together.
There are many more reasons why the church attendance has fallen. So now the real question is how do we reverse this trend? Speaking on the points above. First, If you are a parent, go to church and take your children. In Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Second, I was shocked the other day when one of my family members ask me what the three crosses mean on the side of the road. This young person did not know about Christ dying on the cross. Have you told everyone what’s in it for them? In Mark 16:15 we find the following “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” I know this is hard to do, but how easy is it to invite someone to church. Third, This ties in with the second point. I would rather be doing something I enjoy. This person doesn’t know the joy God can bring to their life. They look at church as an inconvenience, you know like going to the Dentist. This person is a good person to invite to a special service or event. Like Christmas, Easter or Homecoming. Fourth, You don’t need church to go to heaven. I hear this a lot. To fulfill the Lord’s command we need to gather together. Being a Christian in this world is a hard journey. We need the help and support of fellow believers.
Finally I would like to ask you to do one thing this week. Would you asked someone to attend church this week? If they do not commit, put them on your prayer list. God Bless!
I thank you for reading my blog. I do not claim to be any expert or affiliated with any religious organization. All I can say is that I’m affiliated with my Lord Jesus Christ. This is one man’s opinion and observation. My hope is I stirred up some thoughts for you to think about. There is one place that we can find all the answers to life. That road map is Commonly known as the Bible. If you want the answers to life all you have to do is read. If you would like me to pray with you or want to send a comment please email me at Bob.L@magnificentpromises.com
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16