Do I have to go to church more than once on Sunday?

Question: I believe that Sunday is the day of the Lord and because of that we have services on this day to worship Him but I don’t believe it is required to go to all the services offered at church, to one is sufficient every Sunday. My friend tells me that we must go to all services (morning, afternoon and evening) because it is the DAY of the Lord not just part of the day. Can you tell me more about this?

Answer: God does not mention any requirement in Scripture as to how many services we need to attend in one day, whether Sunday or any other day. Paul says in Romans 14:5, “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord.” The important thing, I believe, for us to consider, is what do I need in order to grow the way the Lord wants me to grow? Do I need more than one service a day? Are there aspects of what the Lord wants me to do that I would be neglecting if I go more than once or don’t go enough? As you listen to the Lord, what is He saying to you about how He wants you to grow spiritually? Where do you need correction, strengthening, teaching, fellowship and accountability, practical experience in ministry, etc.? Listen to His direction and see how going or not going to however many services fits in with that.

Randall Johnson

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