Why do people go to church?
A recent Gallup study found that 76 percent of people who attend church at least once a month say that sermons that teach them more about Scripture are the primary reason they go.
Plus, 75 percent also listed sermons that help them connect their beliefs to their lives as a major factor for attending.
The study confirms what I have been saying for years: Preaching is the number one reason people go to your church. And it’s not just any kind of preaching, but biblical teaching that’s relevant to their lives.
It’s not the music (38 percent), community (49 percent), service opportunities (59 percent), or kids and youth ministry (64 percent).
All of these are still important. But the primary reason people listed for going to church was good preaching.
Some will be quick to argue that people should go to church for more than preaching. “It’s about Christian community! It’s about loving the bride of Christ!”
True. Church is about more than preaching. But it doesn’t change the fact that three-quarters of people come to church because of the preaching.
There’s no substitute for a good sermon.
Preaching Is a Pastor’s Primary Responsibility
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