In my head was my sinful nature whispering...Why don't you just go back to bed? God would understand. You don't have to go to church to be close to God. Just give in to it and you can read the Bible later to make up for it. Blah, blah, blah.
I'll be honest with you, sometimes I listen to that voice and don't go to church for no real reason other than I just don't feel like it. I'm a saint only by virtue of the blood of Christ. I still have my sinful human nature and sometimes it wins the battle yet Christ forgives me and I am cleansed by His blood and sacrifice. Thank You, Jesus!!!!
But, why do we go to church? Why does it please God for us to go to church? Why do we have to meet with a bunch of people and get all dressed up and drive all the way to a building?
People, who aren't Christians, think that church is just a social club, a place to meet friends, a support group and tithes are your membership dues. You can switch churches whenever it suits your fancy just like you do with other civic clubs. You go for entertainment, to give your kids wholesome group activities that are chaperoned. If it ever becomes uncomfortable, your feelings get hurt, your needs aren't met...then leave and check out the club down the street.
People, who are Christians, can get these same worldly ideas and they become unchurched ("It's not necessary to go to church to meet with God") or church hoppers ("I'm just not getting anything from this church, I think God is leading me some where else").
These are not the reasons why we go to church! We are being influenced by the world if we think they are. I'm writing this for myself, not just the reader. These are my thoughts on why church is important.
Reasons for going to church:
1) God called out a people and told them to stick together. They weren't suppose to marry outside their group, they weren't suppose to enslave each other, they weren't suppose to fight each other. God called them to come together at certain times of the year and celebrate religious holidays together. These were called Feasts. Anyone who joined this national group was supposed to become one of them, not vice versa. These people were called Hebrews, Israelites, Jews, sons of Abraham/Isaac/Jacob-Israel. They were NOT to become so friendly with the world that they would intermarry or start following and worshiping their idols. Since Jesus Christ, God's people includes everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Act 3:25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, "And in your Seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed."
Gal 3:6-9 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness. Therefore know that those of faith, these are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the nations through faith, preached the gospel before to Abraham, saying, "In you shall all nations be blessed." So then those of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
Gen 2:1-3 And the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made. And He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He had rested from all His work which God created to make.
Isa 56:1-8 So says Jehovah, Keep judgment and do justice; for My salvation is near to come, and My righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold on it; keeping the sabbath, from defiling it; and keeping his hand from doing any evil. And do not let the son of the stranger, who has joined himself to Jehovah, speak, saying, Jehovah has utterly separated me from His people. And do not let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For so says Jehovah to the eunuchs who keep My Sabbath, and choose things that please Me, and take hold of My covenant; even to them will I give within My house and within My walls a hand and a name better than of sons and of daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, who join themselves to Jehovah to serve Him, and to love the name of Jehovah, to be His servants, everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and takes hold of My covenant; even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on My altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples, says the Lord Jehovah who gathers the outcasts of Israel, Yet I will gather beside him his gathered ones.
Mar 1:21 And they went into Capernaum. And immediately on the sabbath day He entered into the synagogue and taught.
Luk 13:10 And He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
Act 2:41-47 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized. And the same day there were added about three thousand souls. And they were continuing steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine, and in fellowship and in the breaking of the loaves, and in prayers. And fear came on every soul. And many wonders and miracles took place through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things common. And they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need. And continuing with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they shared food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.