Five Non Spiritual Benefits of Church Attendance
1. A sense of purpose
Different people find themselves attending church services for a variety of reasons. Most probably desire to obey Hebrews 10:25 (amplified version) not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching. I am sure that the love for the Lord is the motivating factor as outlined in scripture. Colossians 3:23-24
23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
This hub addresses physical needs that are being met and the first one is a sense of purpose.
Some people are excited to go to church because it is their Sunday to sing, usher, serve communion or open and lock the doors, etc. Sometimes as people age, they must curtail a lot of activities but have a feeling of pride and accomplishment when they make sure they don't miss church. This sense of purpose can keep away depression and help aging adults feel they still have a reason to be here.
2. Hope for the future
Different studies have long shown that seniors who interact with younger family members live longer than those who don't. Church attendance, participating in various functions, belonging to ministries and even giving money can help older men and women feel they are needed and may keep them from longing for heaven. I have talked to people who say they pray to live long because they believe they are needed to assist in raising grandchildren and great-grand kids. My grandmother defied doctors and lived to be able to help care for her first great-great-grandson. My dad held on until he heard that his first great-grandchild had been born. He died an hour later. I know a woman who lived to age 95 and until a few years prior to her death she was her church treasurer. She told people that she wanted to make sure the money was not squandered because she wanted the church to continue for future generations.
3. Connection to like minded people
Attending church services puts you in contact with others who have the same faith. You can discuss issues related to Christ that you cannot on your job or other venues. The world today is very anti-Christ as some consider Christianity to be all about bashing the LBGTQ community. Time as we know it used to be divided between BC, before Christ and Ana Domino, in the year of our Lord. Now, this has been changed to BCE, before the common era and CE common era. This was done to accommodate those who do not believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior. Sometimes it does the heart good to be in the presence of those who you don't have to watch your religious language around. It also boosts your faith in Christ when you associate with others who love and adore Him.
4. Keeping relevant
In addition to what is gleaned from the sermon, churchgoers become informed about what is going on in other congregations and in the community through announcements or by word of mouth. I have learned about people in the hospital, recent deaths, tragedies in the community and upcoming events. Some churches have people whose job it is to call members and keep them up on what is going on within the ministry and announce if services will be canceled because of inclement weather. My grandmother and my mother in law loved being able to share church news with family when they came to visit, or via telephone.
5. A reason to dress up and get out of the house
For those who still dress up to go to the house of the Lord, it is a truly special feeling to get decked out in your Sunday best. It's not about dressing to impress anyone but again goes back to Colossians 3:23. Many of us grew up being trained to have school clothes, play clothing and church clothes. We took pride in going to church looking our best for the Master. No, He does not require a certain attire and yes He is looking at our hearts but when you do it for Him, He will bless you. I had a pastor who said God was the same on Sunday and Wednesday and he preferred if the church leaders considered this. I began dressing up on Wednesday as I did on Sunday and suddeny women in the church began giving me shoes, suits, pocketbooks, and dresses. I am sure this was my personal reward.
For seniors who don't get out as much as they used to, Sunday service or a funeral may be the only time they can utilize their dressy clothing. Some people feel much better when they can dress up.
Balance is the key
Let me reiterate that I am not accusing anyone of going to church only for these reasons. Having said that, if you are going to look your best, fraternize with like-minded believers, feel a sense of purpose, have hope for the future, and keep up to date on current events, what better place to do it than in the building set aside for the worship of the Lord. To balance this, while you are in the sanctuary and services are going on please be respectful and save the fraternizing for after.
On the flip side, I have been in churches where you are shushed the moment you walk through the door, and ushers will reprimand you for talking during the service. I have been in services where everyone is so in tune with what is coming from the pulpit that the rush to their seats without speaking to anyone and leave the building the same way. I once passed a woman walking towards me in a church hallway who did not even see me. She was looking straight ahead and her mouth was moving. I asked the Lord if my sister in Christ had such an important assignment that she was praying in tongues out loud and not speaking to anyone?
I got my answer when later in the service she was part of the praise dance ministry that morning.. I understand being prepared and prayed up but in my opinion, this was a little extreme. Any activity even spiritual ones can get out of hand so be wise. Are there people who only come to church for the reasons I have listed and do not really have the Lord on their minds? Probably, but I will give everyone the benefit of the doubt. The bottom line to all of this is that if you are doing it all for the Lord, it will indeed enrich your spirit so it's all good.
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