By Mark Mayberry
Let us discuss the value of faithful attendance. Discipleship brings clear and certain benefits (Psa. 103:1-52; 116:12-14). Consider the blessings that are derived from continuing steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers (Acts 2:42-47).
It Enriches Our Faith
Faithful attendance is important because it enriches our faith, filling our mind with good things. Faith comes by hearing the message of Christ (Rom. 10:17). Scriptural teaching draws us closer to God (John 6:44-45). Sound teachers will present God’s word in a clear and forceful manner (Neh. 8:5-8).
We must take advantage of such opportunities to offset the corrupting influence of the world. Our thinking affects everything else in life (Prov. 4:23; 23:7). Paul admonished the Philippians to think on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, virtuous, praiseworthy and of good report (Phil. 4:8). If we approach the Bible classes and worship services with a proper attitude, our faith will be greatly enriched (1 Cor. 1:4-5; 2 Cor. 3:18).
It Deepens Our Convictions
Faithful attendance is important because it deepens our convictions. Sustained effort is required if we are to reach heaven (Heb. 3:6, 14-15; 6:11-12; 10:35-39). Like Demas, flash-in-the-pan disciples often have dramatic beginnings but dismal endings (Col. 4:14; Phile. 23-24; 2 Timothy 4:10). However, if we approach worship services with a proper attitude, our convictions will be deepened, and our hope of heaven made surer (Heb. 11:1-2).
It Betters Our Understanding
Faithful attendance is important because it betters our spiritual understanding. Sinners are alienated from God, darkened in their understanding of divine truth (Eph. 4:17-19). In contrast, Christians enjoy enlightenment (Eph. 1:15-19).
Instead of remaining spiritual infants, disciples should grow to maturity (1 Cor. 14:20). Rather than being unwise, we must understand the Lord’s will (Eph. 5:17). If we approach the Bible classes and worship services with a proper attitude, our understanding of God’s word will be greatly improved (Eph. 4:11-16).
It Encourages Others
Faithful attendance is important because it encourages others. Christians should set a good example (Matt. 5:13-16). Let us pursue the things that lead to the edification of the body of Christ (Rom. 14:19; 15:2; 1 Thess. 5:11). If we approach the Bible classes and worship services with a proper attitude, our brethren will be greatly encouraged (Heb. 3:13; 10:23-25).
It Honors God
Faithful attendance is important because it honors the God of heaven. We exist for this purpose (1 Cor. 6:19-20; Phil. 1:20-21). Assembling with the saints provides us with a wonderful opportunity to praise the Lord and glorify His exalted name (Psa. 22:22-23; 111:1-3).
How can we show proper regard for God if we forsake the assembly? What does it say about your love for Christ if you stay home, lie in bed, watch T.V., work in the yard, or go fishing when you should be at church? Those who love God will keep His commandments (John 14:15; 1 John 5:2-3).
Those who forsake the assembly of the saints miss the opportunity to worship, study, pray, give, learn, associate with other Christians, etc. They rob themselves of manifold spiritual blessings. They deprive others of their influence and encouragement. They defraud God of that which is due Him (Psa. 29:1-2; 96:7-9). Let us, therefore, be faithful in attendance at the Bible classes and worship assemblies.