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Gathering Together

Going to church has gotten a bad wrap the last few years. Why? Because Satan has been vigorously assaulting God’s work in an effort to destroy it from the inside and out. But don’t give up on church. The church was left behind by the risen Jesus to represent Him in the world. So let’s get back to attending, improving and supporting our churches, and do what He said. When empowered by the Holy Spirit, the church can change our world, including the lives of those closest to us. Here are 101 reasons to be there next Sunday.

101 Reasons to Go to Church

1 Experience love. 1 John 3:1

2 You can hear good live music. 2 Chronicles 7:6

3 It will give you something to think about that could change your life. Psalm 111:1–2

4 Become better reader. 2 Timothy 2:15

5 Discover ways to better yourself. Hebrews 13:7

6 Enjoy a building that is beautiful physically, artistically and architecturally. Revelation 21:10–21

7 To look in a mirror and reflect (figuratively speaking, that is). Proverbs 27:19

8 Strengthen your community. Ephesians 2:18–19

9 To build a strong family. Joshua 24:15

10 Show your children how to make and keep a commitment. Genesis 18:19

11 Submit to God in humility—go to the altar with your family watching. Ephesians 4:2

12 Singles can meet people with shared values (better than going to the bars). Genesis 2:18

13 Learn about the Bible. Nehemiah 8:8

14 Set a good example by attending with your kids. Deuteronomy 4:9–10

15 You’ll live longer. Psalm 91:15–16

16 Become a better leader. 1 Peter 5:2–4

17 It’s a place where everyone will know your name. 1 Peter 3:8

18 Someone will pray for you, if you ask. James 5:16

19 Choose truth; not pop culture. Proverbs 8:10-11

20 Learn what matters most in life. Titus 3:4-7

21 Find true friends. Proverbs 27:9

22 It’s not work. Exodus 20:9–11

23 Feeds your soul and spirit. Psalm 35:9

24 Church potlucks: Free food. Acts 2:46–47

25 Volunteer for a mission trip. Isaiah 66:18–19

26 Stay out of trouble. Romans 8:5–6

27 Sense the presence of Jesus. Acts 4:31

28 Show others you’re a believer. Hebrews 10:25

29 Do something with your faith. James 2:14

30 Get prayer for your sickness/disease. James 5:15

31 See the big picture. Philippians 2:13

32 Grow in the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22–24

33 Worship God; praise Him freely. Psalm 102:21–22

34 Join like-minded people. 2 Corinthians 6:14

35 Help with church tasks. Acts 6:2–4

36 Use your gifts and talents: sing, do floral arrangements, teach, etc. 1 Peter 4:10

37 Meet creative, interesting people. Romans 12:4–8

38 Your children will learn about Jesus. Psalm 34:11

39 It will help build self-esteem. Romans 8:14–16

40 Your family will feel more secure. Acts 10:2

41 Reading hymns and the Bible are quality literature. Ephesians 5:19–20

42 It elevates the body, mind and spirit. Isaiah 40:31

43 Discover secrets of real success. Proverbs 12:11

44 It’s spring cleaning for your mind. Romans 12:2

45 Sing as loud as you want with a large group of people. Psalm 57:9

46 Learn about other countries. Isaiah 62:2

47 Meet compassionate people. Colossians 3:12

48 You can hug and be hugged. Acts 20:37

49 It’s okay to cry there. Nehemiah 1:4

50 It’s cheaper than therapy. Psalm 73:24

51 Holidays are the best here. Romans 14:5–6

52 Dress up or wear jeans. Matthew 6:29–30

53 You may be asked to go out for lunch after the service. Psalm 133:1–3

54 Make friends; be friendly. John 12:1–2

55 It’s an antidote to fear and worry. Philippians 4:6

56 For comfort in difficult times. 2 Corinthians 1:3–6

57 Be a happier person. Colossians 3:15

58 Have a place to go in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9

59 You can join a group helping others, as Jesus taught. Matthew 25:43–45

60 To restore your spirit. Matthew 11:28-30

61 Connect with others. 1 John 1:7

62 For accountability. Psalm 38:18

63 Join in corporate worship. Colossians 3:16

64 Share in corporate prayer. Matthew 18:20

65 Challenge your understanding of truth. Matthew 18:15

66 Find encouragement for your soul. 2 Timothy 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:11

67 Hear testimonies; examples of how people came to accept Christ. John 5:5–15

68 To help others. Colossians 4:2–4

69 To encourage nonbelievers. Colossians 4:5–6

70 Find strength in numbers. Acts 16:5

71 Give your confession to people who will pray and support you to overcome sin. Galatians 6:1–6

72 Share communion. Luke 22:17–20

73 Keep the Sabbath holy. Hebrews 4:9-10

74 Please God by worshiping with other believers. Psalm 35:18

75 Become the dwelling place of the Spirit of God on earth. Ephesians 2:20–22

76 To seek God. Luke 24:27

77 Enjoy fellowship. Psalm 133:1–3

78 Give back by tithing time and money. 1 Chronicles 29:10–14

79 Improve your work ethic. 2 Kings 12:15

80 Help with family relations. Colossians 3:18–21

81 For greater life purpose. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

82 Instill a discipline of prayer. Ephesians 6:18

83 Commit to a discipline of worship. John 4:24

84 Find contentment. Proverbs 19:23

85 Build enthusiasm for reading the Bible. Hebrews 4:12

86 To feed the soul. Psalm 84:2

87 Learn to evangelize nonbelievers. Acts 16:29–34

88 Receive teachings inspired by the Holy Spirit through church leaders. Joshua 8:33–35

89 To be encouraged and challenged by people in different stages of life. Titus 2:1–8

90 For timely messages. Nehemiah 8:3

91 Receive hope. 2 Thessalonians 3:3-5

92 For deeper understanding of God’s mercy. 1 Timothy 1:13–17

93 Gain urgency of the Gospel. Acts 8:30–40

94 Experience joy in God’s house. Isaiah 56:7

95 To be refreshed. Colossians 3:1–14

96 Learn how to live as Christ. Ephesians 4:1

97 It’s an opportunity to be reverent. Psalm 5:7

98 Improve your perspective. 2 Corinthians 1:3–6

99 Delight in God’s provision. Psalm 46

100 Allow opportunity for the Holy Spirit to convict you when needed. 1 Thessalonians 1:4–5

101 Because there’s no place like home. John 14:2

The numbers do not imply a ranking.

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