I meet more and more people who say, “I’m a Christian, I don’t need to go to church.” This mentality is common among those who have been raised in the church and want to justify not being part of a body of believers.
The only problem I see in having this type of mentality is that it is difficult to be obedient to God’s Word without being part of a body of believers.
God has called us to:
– tithe a tenth of our earnings to the church
– We all have a function in the church. Some of us are the arms, others the eye and so on. (1 Cor. 12)
– We cannot discipline each other Biblically without a believer being part of a church. (Matthew 18)
– It is difficult to be in “unity” with a body of believers without meeting together. (John 17:22)
– The church send out believers for service. (1 Cor. 12)
– The church meets together to build each other up and pray corporately. (Acts 2)
How can we exhort the body without being part of the body? You can’t! And if you aren’t part of the body of Christ by meeting together corporately are you part of the body?
One of my concerns as a believer is not trying to build giant church buildings, but uniting believers together, growing in Christ together, sending out believers who are equipped by those placed in spiritual authority over the church…to a dark and dying culture that need hope of a God who took their shame and suffering so that they can live eternally with Him.
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrew 10:25