Church is necessary for our growth and edification. We are to build the church up and edify others with our gifts that the Lord has equipped us with. It is good to give God our time, service and offerings, to further the Kingdom of God.I heard a minister say one time: Jesus is coming back for a church without a spot or wrinkle, not individuals.So we need to be part of a bible-teaching church.
---charles on 11/1/07|
Sure, going to a church will not get you to heaven. Following the wrong doctrine won't feed you spiritually. Church is not a building, but the members, where ever the members meet, that is where the church is.
---geraa7578 on 11/1/07|
I hear some say true Christians will want to go to church. True believers always desire to gather with other true believers, but this may not always take place in a church building. Please keep in mind the current apostasy that affects most churches today or those that are bed ridden. God's people need only to abide in Christ and he will provide the means for where and how they meet with others. Remember Christ is the head of the Church. We dare not limit or instruct Him on how He heads his members.
---Tracie on 9/2/06|
Would Jesus attend a congregation? YES. When we start questioning, whether you should or shouldn't go-- there is already a problem. There should be a love for the church- and a strong desire to be a part of a congregation. We have Christians that are putting there approval on homosexuality, amongst other things. What is God's will?? He would have us to come together and worship. It's simple--- Love God -- Go to church. God help us get back to the spirtual ground you would have us to be on.
---Paul on 8/26/06|
"I cannot go" is different than "I will not go or I do not have to go". We should be lovers of God, rather than lovers of pleasures, and we should be about our Father's business. If your church is dead, then pray together for it's revival or find another one. If a Christian fabricates excuses not to go to church, then it is sin, and you will not go to heaven. But God understands if there are real reasons why you cannot go to his church. Please read Matthew 22:2-10; Luke 14:16-24.
---Eloy on 8/22/06|
Jean, are you the one who mentioned that you often have to work Sundays at your hospital job. I had that problem for years. If your job is like mine, you need a good church. Find one that doesn't think your Christianity depends on church attendance but one that has AM, PM and mid-week services. Go as often as you can to some service. And don't worry about what others think.
---Donna2277 on 8/21/06|
I believe you can..provided you do all that God asks of you..but the point of the church is to help edify and strengthen each other in our faith..and the more you stay away, the more you move away from God...you need people around you as you will learn from others as well..I have learned so much from my fellow parishioners as well as the bible..eg if you cant seem to find a verse, just ask one of them...one of them will know...its important to meet with one another.
---jana on 8/21/06|
, actually, we christians ARE the church. we just meet together to keep each other strong in our faith.
---steve on 8/3/05|
Going to church does not make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car, but Christians should enjoy going to church, hearing God's word, singing His praises, and enjoying fellowship with other Christians. It "recharges your battery."
---Nan on 7/21/05|
You can be a Christian and not attend church - but it's not a good idea. Read Hebrews 10:25 - it encourages you to attend church for your own benefit. It's like a charcoal fire, the pieces have to touch each other to get the maximum amount of heat. A Christian needs to be near other Christians to get the maximum effect of there own beliefs.
---Ray on 7/19/05|
Read the NT from Acts forward and see the NORMAL relationship between believers is focused around two things. One, Jesus (therefore the Church in the global sense of the word) and the LOCAL chruch. Can you not attend a local assembly and be a christian. Yes. Will you be, as they say "All that you can be"? No.
You will miss out and will cause others to miss out as well. Read I Cor and see what Paul has to say about the relationship within the body.
---Bruce5656 on 6/28/05|
living sacrifice is to accept Jesus as Lord of ones life and gathering for worshipping is to be a part of body of Christ to worship with the bond of love, bearing one another burden as a fruit of love one another as Christ loved usto be called as His desciples.
---francis on 6/28/05|
Whilst we are not to forsake the gathering together of believers (because this is how we will grow in faith and give and receive the help we all need as believers) we should be very careful in our choice of church. If you are uncomfortable because of some error being preached or the style of worship does not suit your personality then take a short break and ask God to lead you where He would have you be, but don't stay away too long or you will be the loser.
---Xanthi on 6/28/05|
Yes, you can be a christian and not attend church. When you depend on and follow the Lord, rather than depend on and follow the church, it will not blow your mind. Jesus is as close as the mention of his name, you can call on him anytime and anywhere. Churching is good but be careful, for not every church is holy, some have become the synagogues of Satan; and if the blind lead the blind, then both will fall into the ditch.
---Eloy on 6/28/05|
Romans 12 says that offering our bodies to the Lord as a sacrifice is an act of worship. That is not only to be done on Sunday mornings, but 24/7.
While we are to not forsake the gathering together of believers, some Christians choose for a variety of reasons, not to attend a local church. It is possible to be a Christian and not attend church. I just wouldn't recommend it. I need the fellowship and opportunities to serve God.
---Madison on 6/28/05|
Being a Christian involves having a personal relationship with your Heavenly Father, not on works such as attending church. The idea of meeting together is so we can encourage each other (Hebrews 10:25). It's a suggestion, not a commandment. It's much easier to stay on track with the Lord when you are part of a group that regularly meets together.
---DoryLory on 6/27/05|
The TRUE church is not made by mans hands. Yes,the Bible does tell us not to forsake the assembly of ourselves together and also tells us WHERE to assemble. For WHERE two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. The Holy Spirit is our teacher and we are to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. Know that a religious spirit and the spirit of Christ are not the same.
---debbie on 6/27/05|
For the record, the scripture being refered to by several below is:
Hebrews 10:24-25, "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and SO MUCH THE MORE, as ye see the day approaching."
---Bruce5656 on 6/27/05|
Yes you can be a christian and not go to church. Going to church does not make you a christian. Look at all those out there that go to church but do not lead a christian life. I have meet some wonderful Christians who have yet to find a church to belong to. Going to church is suppose to be a support for your walk with God. It is hard to stay on the path with out the proper support and training but it can be done.
---kate on 6/27/05|
It is possible to worship alone. But an the environment of corporate worship much is better. Your christian growth will be at a faster rate as a gropu member. The effectivity of mission activity of groups is usually superior to that of individuals. Stewardship supporting Christan Education Programming efforts usually exceeds that of individuals alone.
---phia4633 on 6/27/05|
We are really better off NOT forsaking the meeting with our brethren and sisters in the Lord. We are to be friends and encouragers and it is impossible to fulfill this role in isolation. So it is much better for us to be attending church with others of like faith than to stay on the TV !
---Pierr7958 on 6/27/05|
Most people think of a building where a pastor gives a sermon and a place they go once, maybe twice a week. I have "church" everyday. Church to me is when I worship the Lord. I do this everyday through Bible reading, prayer and worshipping him through music. "Church" is also the gathering of Christians to fellowship with one another and uplifting each other, etc. "Church" should begin in the home, and not just be a once a week visit to the Lord's house.
---Dorothy on 6/27/05|
Church to me is wherever I feel closest to God. Not necessarily always in a building with a steeple on top. As far as giving money for an 'offering' I like to give help wherever, whoever I see that needs it, again, not necessarily in a church.
---sue on 6/27/05|
A true Christian will want to go to church to not only be in their Father's House but to be closer to Him and learn more of Huis Word. Going to church in and of itself won't get a person into Heaven and a lot of people seem to take this fact to the extreme you're asking about.
---Heather on 6/27/05|
No. If one truely gets saved, God will put a desire to go to church in you. If one doens't want to go to church to fellowship with other christians than chances are they didn't get saved to begin with.
---Rebecca_D on 6/27/05|
Our Christianity is strengthened by church attendance. And God requests that we forsake not the gathering of ourselves together.
However, sickness can keep people away.
Sometimes, there is a sort of internal anger that needs to be resolved in church but we hide it inside and try to sort it out by ignoring church. And we somehow think that God is on our side of the disagreement.
And sometimes people wonder if they miss a week will anyone even care?????
---barbara67 on 6/27/05|
the bible says DO NOT FORSAKE THE ASSEMBLING so i do not believe in not attending church
because we need fellowship
also it says those who remain in the house of god shall continually praise god
it is in one of the psalms
going to church strengthens us and we don't see it
so even if it means we do it because the word says so
and forget all the faults we see when we go to church
we will be blessed
---ryan on 6/27/05|
Jean: In the bible i am not sure exactly where but it says not to forsake the assembly of the saints that is the fellowship of other christians and the saints assemble themselves in the church and fellowship through praise and worship and preaching it is important to get this fellowship or you will spiritually die.
---andre9789 on 6/27/05|
The Bible says for us to assemble ourselves together; I would think a Christian would want to fellowship with other Christians; I'd say unless you are unable to attend, God would want you to be in church
---antha6445 on 6/27/05|