One reason believers attend church and worship is because that is what Jesus and his ancestors did. Hebrews 10:23-25 reminds us: “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope . . . and let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together.” When we gather together we are both obedient to our confession of faith and also profit from learning faith in singing hymns and in scripture study.
In addition, our faith teaches us counter-cultural survival skills we need—in praying, tithing, and fasting. Many Americans cannot help us with this spiritual course of study, as they have no idea what praying, tithing, or fasting means in a disciplined life.
Why go to church? We go to church because in a world of bad news, we need to hear good news. We need to notice God’s love. We need to become part of a larger story than ourselves. And last—we are more likely to find people we can count on at church than anywhere else. Routinely, people who attend worship and go to Sunday school are people who want healthier spiritual and physical lives by connecting with God and others. After all, if worship was good enough for Jesus, then it ought to be good enough for us.