By Richard Boone
More people typically worship on “Easter” Sunday and the Sunday(s) before/after Christmas than at any other times during a normal year. While no one would say that these two Sundays are more important than others, their actions state otherwise. One fails to see the numerous benefits of regular attendance and participation in the worship of God by the people of God for himself, and even for his family as this may apply. When one regularly assembles with God’s people, he . . .
Comes into the presence of God — the Creator, Sustainer and Ruler of the universe (Acts 17:24-28). This helps us to put ourselves in the proper perspective — we are mere human beings with needs and frailties, yet God was mindful of us (cf. Ps. 8)! God is, therefore, worthy to be praised (Rev. 4).
Receives the company and encouragement of brethren which is needed. God created us as social beings, not hermits. Regular worship helps us to share joy, and even divide the burden of sorrow (Rom. 12:15).
Has the opportunity to learn of good news about others (Acts 14:27). This may be in seeing a young Christian grow, or hearing some encouraging report about a spiritual accomplishment in another’s life, maybe even telling about one in his own life. One can also learn about the recovery of the sick, a sinner being converted to Christ, an erring Christian being restored to faithful service, the faithful service of God by brethren elsewhere, etc.
Has an opportunity for his faith to be confirmed. Sound Bible teaching — in classes, bulletins, handouts, from the pulpit — reaffirms principles already known, opens understanding of a Bible passage or topic, or reveals better applications of Bible principles (cf. Luke 24:27, 44-45). The person who does not regularly worship God with his people misses this vital benefit.
Provides an example for others to follow (Phil. 3:17).
I heard once about a man announcing the sick in a particular church who started reading the list and then said, “Aw, you know; it’s the same old bunch!” This suggested that there were those who developed the habit of “not feeling well.” What an impact they had; what a sad legacy they were leaving
For a biblical example of all these points (and maybe others), consider Thomas who “was not with them when Jesus came” (John 20:19-31; cf. v. 24).