There has been a lot of debate about this topic “do I need to go to church every Sunday as
a christian?” To answer this question, I’d like to start from the beginning to have a better
understanding of the church, why Sunday? And why do I need or not need to go. Follow me.
Why do christians worship on Sunday?
Although the sabbath day, which is Saturday, is the day, the Lord selected as the day of
rest and worship. However, in the new testament, the Christian church began to worship and
rest on the first day of the week – Sunday. So does that mean Christians are violating God’s rule
of worshipping on Saturday and made it Sunday? Well, here is the explanation. First, the bases
for observing the sabbath, as stated in Exod 20 vs. 11 is that God rested on the 7th day after six
days of work. God blessed the 7th day and sanctified it. It was then that the sabbath day was
instituted as the day of rest and worship. So the people of Israel followed God’s example and
his pattern of work and rest.
Jesus however, corrected the distorted view of the Pharisees in Mark 2 vs. 27,” the
sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.” So this means, the sabbath day was
not instituted to enslave people but to benefit man. The spirit of sabbath observers is
continued in the new testament when we observe a day of rest and worship on the first day of
the week. Secondly, according to Col 2 vs. 17, the sabbath was a shadow of things to come, but
the substance is of Christ.” The sabbath observers was associated with redemption in Deut. 5
vs. 15, where Moses stated, “rememer you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord
your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm, therefore
the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day. It means the sabbath was a
shadow of redemption, which will be ( was ) provided in Christ. It symbolizes the rest from our
work into the rest of God provided.
The command and principle in the old testament were reaffirmed in the new testament
except the command to set Saturday apart as the day of rest and worship, and some of the
reasons for this is because new testament believers believe they are no more under the old
testament law. See Romans 6:14, “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not
under law but under grace. See also, Gal. 5:24-25.
It was by Jesus resurrecting on the first day of the week, continued the period of
succeeding Sundays, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, the early church was given the pattern
of Sunday worship. The early church met regularly on Sundays – See Acts 20 vs. 7 and in 1st
Corinthians 16 vs. 2. Sunday worship was further allowed by our Lord, who appeared to John in
a great vision on the Lord’s day in Rev 1 vs. 10. These are the reasons why Early Christians
worship on Sundays rather than on the Jewish sabbath. They never saw themselves as jews
anymore, and it all boils down that Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead on a Sunday.
The above has established why Sunday. To answer your question, kindly follow me on.
Is it a sin to not go to Church? Or why should I go to church as a Christian every
The truth is, a person can be a Christian and not go to church. However, 1 Cor. 12 vs. 27
says, ” Now you’re christ’s body, and individually members of it in particular.” Do you see that?
This simply means, as a member of the body of Christ( the church), we should be part of
the physical body representation of God. As a part of the body, if you separate yourself from
the body, you will die a natural death. It’s like a tree with different branches, if a branch plucks
itself out, it is sure that it will die a natural death. So also is leaving or not worshipping with the
body of Christ regularly. No matter how independent you think you may be, you will eventually
get dried up. The church is an important part, it’s called the Bride of Christ.
You think you can worship God alone yourself? Okay. See 1 Cor. 12:21 ” The eyes cannot
say to the hand, I don’t need you, and the head cannot say to the feet, I don’t need you.” This is
for the fact that we all need each other. Most people will not be in Christ today if not for a part
of the body of Christ – the church. That’s where the encouragement is.
Listen! Where your mind will deceive you; your eyes won’t. As you worship together with
believers on Sundays, your faith becomes strengthened as you see other believer walk in faith
with God. The more you see a friend trust in God, go further with God and receive God’s
blessings, the more you get encouraged to press harder for a new level with God.
No matter what level you’re, there is always a new level. The more you go further, the
more life comes into you. Another thing is, there is a kind of spiritual security you have when
you go to Church, and you’re surrounded by God’s people.
So, in answer to the question, I’d say you can still be a Christian and not go to church
every Sunday. However, keep in mind that abstaining from Church( Sunday in this case), you’re
indirectly going to an ugly, unhealthy, and a place of death. We have to be in Christ’s
body(church) for us to be the kind of people He created us to be.
Christians are one body, and coming together regularly helps us gain strength from one
another. You should not abstain from the body.
Now, let’s go a little further. Your attention should not be attending Church but getting involved
in church. The following reasons are for you to see why you should go to Church and be
- The theme around the old testament revolves around the church. So, don’t you think it’s
too important, that’s why it’s the whole theme the old testament is based on?
- In Heb 10 vs. 25. We were actually given a warning about forsaking the church. It says, “not
forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one
another and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
This simply means, don’t forsake going to church. That is very clear. Right? Yes.
- Matt 18 vs. 20 also says, ” for where two or three are gathered in my name; there I’m in the
midst of them.”
From the above explanation that I made, I want to believe you as a christian has seen why you
should go to church Sunday, not only that but also to get involved in Church.
God bless you.