Is going to church worth it? Absolutely. Even if you have to spend most of the service in the “cry room” with your baby, here’s why you should make regular church participation a part of your family culture from the get-go.
Your kids will see you prioritize church
Church participation is not an area where you want to use your “do as I say, not as I do” card. As parents, you have the opportunity to set that precedent now for your future young adults.
Your kids will develop spiritually
It’s amazing to hear the truth and Bible stories little ones are able to retain! It is never, ever too early for them to hear that Jesus loves them. They’re never too young to be told that God made them and that God is great and God is good. Being present on Sunday mornings provides an opportunity for them to hear this affirmed from someone besides their parents.
You will develop spiritually
Even if you and your spouse have to take turns hanging in the lobby with your toddler who refuses to stay in the nursery, you will learn something! Corporate worship times are powerful, too. That experience simply doesn’t happen when you choose to watch the gathering online from home.
You will have the opportunity to serve
The writer of Hebrews says it best: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (10:24-25).
It is an honor and privilege to be a part of a church—one that believers in many parts of the world are literally dying for.
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