Hebrews 10:25, NIV: Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

I have heard people say they do not need to go to church to worship God. I would not argue that point. I have also heard many reasons why church attendance is lacking in the lives of some. It is sad, but true, that many of us have been raised to view church attendance as a religious requirement, as part of our duty as a Christian. Yet the purpose of the church goes much deeper. It is not for our need alone, but also for the needs of others, that we come together. We come together to encourage, edify, and enable one another as Christians. As such, we gain from our time together what we need to face the world as Christians. It is a selfish heart that wants nothing to do with “church people.” And though a person can worship God without going to church, it is doubtful the person who has no use for church is truly worshipping God at all. The difference lies in what, or whom, we serve. We must stop living our lives for ourselves, and follow Jesus’ example by living our lives for others--including the people of the church.