Q. My wife and I disagree over the topic of how many times on Sunday we must attend church. We both come from Baptist backgrounds but I was always a Sunday morning person and she was raised in the belief that you should attend twice on Sunday. I work a lot through the week and weekends are the only time I have to get all the chores around the house completed. Does it state anywhere in the Bible that it is “required” to attend church twice on Sunday, or is this just an individual choice?
A. There’s no Biblical requirement that we attend church twice on Sunday. In fact you can make a Biblical case that even going once is not required. Hebrews 10:26 tells us not to give up meeting together, but this can be done in a number of ways and does not mandate Sunday worship. Saturday or mid -week services, Bible studies, home fellowship groups, and other similar events can serve the purpose just as well.
In Romans 14:5 Paul said each one should be convinced in his own mind about this. If your wife is convinced that going twice on Sunday is the right thing for her, then she should continue to do so. But if you think going once is the right thing for you then you should go once. Each of you should have the freedom to do what you think is right.
Religious traditions sometimes become rules and we let can easily let ourselves be bound by them. But Paul said, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1). We should go to church for the blessings we get from worshiping God, studying His Word, and enjoying a time of fellowship with other believers, not because we think we’re required to be there. If going to church becomes another one of our weekend chores then we’re missing the point, and it’s time to figure out what the problem is.
Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ (Colossians 2:16-17).