As we approach Easter weekend, there is always a strong emphasis on “inviting someone to church.” But why is that important? Why should we be part of a church? Let’s take a look at a few reasons you may have never considered.
First things first—let’s clarify what we mean by “being part of a church.” In the New Testament, the Greek word “ekklesia” is translated as “church” and is defined as “a called-out assembly or congregation.” This “called out” group is a congregation of believers. That’s why you sometimes see this word capitalized—the Church—as a way of referring to all Christ-followers everywhere.
Today, when we hear the word church, we think of a place to go. A building. A location. “Are you going to church this morning?” Or “I’d like to invite you to go to church with me.” It’s a place where believers and non-believers alike gather once or twice a week. This isn’t entirely wrong. When you research the history of the word "church," it has evolved over time to become a word that means “house of worship.” But that’s another article for another time.
For now, why is it important to be part of a “house of worship”—a church?
Every introvert is shaking their head at this point. But, as much as we may deny it, we are social creatures. We are meant to be around other humans so that we can encourage each other and spur one another on. This is why the writer of Hebrews says it’s important to “not give up meeting together” (Hebrews 10:25). You knew that passage would make its way into this article somewhere—but it’s actually the preceding verse that gives the “why.” “Spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” How? By not giving up meeting together.
You’ve heard the saying, “Many hands make light work.” We come together to be sent out together. Ephesians 4:11–12 explains the purpose of the pastors, evangelists, and teachers, whose job is to “equip the saints for the work of service.” There is a common misconception that church is where we go to hear a weekly feel-good lesson or a free motivational speech, and then go on our merry way. This was not the original idea. As followers of Christ, we follow where He leads. And Jesus did not stay inside. He came to serve (Matthew 20:28).
As we’ve said, we are communal creatures. In this world, we are pushed and pulled in many directions, and our best footing is found at the cross, alongside other believers. Ephesians 6:10–20 is a well-known passage. The Armor of God. When Paul addresses the readers of this letter, the church at Ephesus, it’s in a collective fashion. He is urging the believers to “stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11) and “having done everything, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:13). And finally, he asks for their prayers on his behalf so that he may boldly proclaim the Gospel (Ephesians 6:20). When we stand, we stand together.
As we enter the week leading up to Easter, many will go to church who would not normally attend. But why should they stay? Why do we stay? We continue meeting together because we are better together, because we are called to serve together, and because we stand firm together. Who will you invite this Easter?