I know church attendance is valuable because it was God’s idea and God requires it. The Lord’s Day worship assembly is valuable because it allows us to gather around the Lord’s table as the family of God. The assembly helps us keep a proper perspective on life and death. The assembly helps us to grow up in our faith. The assembly helps prepare us for heaven. The assembly helps equip ourselves to overcome temptation. The assembly gives us opportunity to encourage others.
A woman, who was capable of attending the church assemblies, asked the preacher, “Do you think I will go to hell for consistently missing the public worship assembly on Sunday?” He answered “No, but you might go to hell for not loving the Lord and His people enough to attend.” Imagine a school in which students could come and go as often as they wanted to or not at all. Could that school be the educational blessing it was designed to be for those who do not attend? Imagine an army in which half of the soldiers were AWOL most of the time? Could that army function properly? God wants us to meet together not to place a burden upon us, but to benefit us.