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Bible Study: Is It a Sin if I Miss Church One Sunday?

Is it sinful to not go to church on one Sunday?

For me, sometimes I just need to rest, and want to spend time with family or friends. Personally, I don’t think it’s horrible to miss one week of church; in fact, for your health you may need to have one sabbath day. You don’t want to be legalistic, but you also don’t want to get into the habit of skipping out on church and missing solid times of fellowship, learning the Word and so forth.

According to scripture, you are not to forsake the gathering of the body of Christ, but we also know life is a balance and we need to rest at times. Here are some verses on the importance of being unified in the body of Christ and staying connected to God and His Word.

  

1. Hebrews 10:25: “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near…”

2. John 15:5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

3. Ephesians 4:11: “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…”

4. Romans 12:5: “So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”

5. Acts 20:28: “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.”

6. Exodus 20:8-11: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

7. Mark 2:28: “Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.”

8. Acts 2:1-47: “…then the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.”

9. Matthew 11:28-30: “Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…”

10. Romans 12:4: “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function…”

  

PI Girls, do you think it’s okay to miss church once in a while or do you consider it a sin? Comment below!

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8 Comments

  1. Schwibz

    Posted by Schwibz on March 26, 2016 at 06:26

    I personally don’t consider occassionally missing church for a legitimate reason a sin, because it’s what’s in the heart that truly matters to God. Sometimes we get sick, sometimes we have to work and help our families, sometimes staying home on a Sunday is the only way we can spend time with our parents. It’s very important to remain in Jesus and if you do, I think it’s not horrible to skip church once in a while. And I also believe having a truly healthy church to attend is critical so if you don’t and it’s the reason why you don’t go, it’s a good thing to seek God on that and look for a healthier church.

  2. emmalikestrains

    Posted by emmalikestrains on January 10, 2016 at 02:43

    I personally can’t go to church because my parents are atheists and I live with them, and on Sundays we usually go hiking and I have to go with them. I really would love to go to church every Sunday but I can’t, in September I’m going to college and I’ll have to move out and I’m so excited because I’ll be able to go to church every Sunday.
    I read the bible almost every day, I pray a lot, I read Christian articles and watch videos and I listen to sermons and Christian music at least once a week.
    I don’t know if not going to church is a horrible mistake, but there is nothing I can do about it for now.

  3. Ashley.ab

    Posted by Ashley.ab on January 5, 2016 at 17:22

    Nowhere in the Bible does it explicitly say skipping church one day is a sin. However, we should remember that we are dear children to the Mighty King and Heavenly Father. Not wanting to take a few hours of one day of the week to go to church and be with Him in a special setting is very important. Even if it’s been a long week or you’re tired or you have family over none of that should keep you from going to church. I understand if you are truly sick, but if it’s not bad enough to keep you out of school or work then it’s definitely not bad enough to keep you from the more important thing: being among His people and your church family. It’s not legalism by any means, it’s loving God with all your heart, all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The Sabbath Day set apart in the Old Testament was a law and they had to obey it. Now we are under the New Testament law: grace and it is not a do or die situation, but honestly, when we go to church it is a time to recharge and refresh and get our hearts right before God to face the week ahead. Church attendence should be a priority because it gives us the chance to encourage our brothers and sisters, it gives us accountibility, it’s when we have the privilege to tithe, it gives us the opportunity to learn more about how great our God is, and it shows (not only God) others that He is important enough to you that you will get up and get ready even if you don’t feel like it, even if you’d rather sleep in, or even if you’d rather be with family. I know it may sound harsh, but it is something I’ve faced countless times. I am the only one in my household who goes to church and yeah, there are days I’ve wanted to just sit down and watch tv with my dad because it’s the only time I’d really get to see him that week. But that’s a choice I had to make because in reality, my dad needed to see how important God was to me because He doesn’t have a personal relationship with Him and I want him to desperately. But staying at home when I could go to my Father’s house and pray for him didn’t sound like the best thing to do. So I’d leave, every Sunday to go to church alone because if anything else I was going to have time with my Heavenly Father that morning, because I had the rest of the day to hopefully spend with my earthly father. It’s all about making God a priority as He should be, plain and simple.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Gorhamse on December 29, 2015 at 19:11

    I think going to church should be a number one priority for your Sunday but if you are sick or have a legitimate reason why you physically cannot go, then it’s fine to miss and, if you are Catholic like me and have holy days of obligation but you legitimately forget then it’s fine as long as it was a honest mistake. In the end however, going to church on Sunday is our duty as Christians

  5. Lace and Thunder

    Posted by Lace and Thunder on December 28, 2015 at 15:50

    It’s okay to miss church if you’re sick or busy traveling.

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by mfriesen101 on December 27, 2015 at 19:16

    I think every once in awhile it’s ok to skip church. If your sick, or maybe it’s just been a tough, long week. (Just only sometimes.) If you just skip church and have time, I would at least put aside 15+ minutes aside to read the Bible. We still want God in our minds that day.

  7. jbac2641

    Posted by jbac2641 on December 27, 2015 at 11:47

    I agree with you completely. If you skip out on fellowship not only are you hurting yourself but you’re also doing a disservice to your brothers and sisters in Christ.

    (Proverbs 27:17) “17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

    (1 Corinthians 12:12;26) “12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

    26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.”

    But I don’t think it’s a sin to miss church a few times.

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by Sophia_the_1st on December 27, 2015 at 09:07

    It’s not a sin to miss church once or twice