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Why Offically Join A Church

What is the point of joining a church? And if you join one church and then want to join a different this a big deal?

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When you become a christian you are automatically a part of the true church. It is a man-made ritual to actually join a church denomination. There aren't any denominations in heaven. It's God's church. I don't see the point in joining one. You can support a church without joining their roster because they want numbers. Some churches make a big deal out of it when you want to go somewhere else. They think you belong to them, but in reality you belong to Christ and you need to go where He leads you.
---Faith on 10/23/08

We ARE the "church".

Amos 5:21
"I hate, I despise your feasts...".

We don't need buildings, pastors, scholars, H2O baptism, or pulpits for spiritual growth.

1 John 2:27
"the anointing which you received from him abides in you..."

We need living water baptism of the spirit (Rev. 7:16, Acts 1:5).

The temple/church of the old covenant ended at the cross (Mark 15:3). Jesus built the temple/church of the new covenant with His body. We should not worship with public prayer.

The new temple is THE LORD'S BODY...
John 2:21
"But he spoke of the temple of his body".

1 Corinthians 6:19
"your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you".
---more_excellent_way on 10/17/08

I used to attend a Plymouth Brethern church and they had no "membership" per se. The reason was based upon their literal interpretation of scriptures related to the church "body" or us being "members" as "living stones" of the whole church which is the bride of Christ etc. etc. ect. Their take was that every Christian is a member of the universal church, so any visitor from a sister church is considered a member of the local fellowship too. They kept an attendance list and church directory, but that was it. You were of course expected to maintain regular attendance if you were in town.
---obewan on 10/16/08

Jesus said that we are to "spread the GOSPEL" (the record of what Jesus did while He was on earth). He did not say to also teach people to ...

1) fellowship

2) pray

3) worship

4) breathe, etc.

There are many things that we CHOOSE to do that are not necessary for salvation. No matter how beneficial or necessary for health or happiness some activities are, these 'extracurricular' activities should not be taught as being spiritually significant (they are taught as spiritually significant for self serving purposes).

We should worship in OUR temple (our body is "the temple" of the Holy Spirit).
---more_excellent_way on 10/16/08

Ruben, for your answer to what Mima said, please see 1 Corinthians ch.8, Romans ch.14.
It does not say to interpret to their liking but it does state what we should do if our brothers and sisters have differences in their beliefs.

In fact, everyone here who is rcc needs to read it because they just keep on and on about what THEIR beliefs are and that they are right and everyone else is wrong.
I am not judging my brothers and sisters in Christ that are rcc, but from their collaborated statements, they are judging everyone else. This is not Christ-like (Christian).
ALL Christians are the Church.
The Church is Spiritual, not physical. It does not exist in any building. Christ lives through and IN US!!
God Bless you all!
---ginger on 10/15/08

To Whosoever has an ear to hear?

What the world calls churches are just organizations where member of the REAL Church (the Body of Christ) congregate to worship God. God is spirit and we who worship Him, must worship Him in spirit & truth. This can be done anywhere, but it's not a prerequisite to go to any of these organizations in order to worship God. Read this story of "the woman at the well"(John 4:20-26).

We have joined the Church when we have received Christ as our Lord. We're able to rejoice & worship everywhere His Holy name is being preached, whether in TRUTH OR PRETENCE (Phil. 1:18), do to knowing that we will find Him in our presence wherever two or more are gathered in His name (Matt. 18:20)!!!!!
---Shawn.M.T on 10/13/08

What is the point of joining a church? And if you join one church and then want to join a different this a big deal?

Yes, because you are denouncing the last Church and agreeing with the present one.

But, you are only looking for a Church that fits your opinion of Salvation.

Jesus never wanted anyone to be confused about which Church He wanted us to belong to, because there should only be one Church.

Which there is only one Church started by Jesus.
It isn't a multiple choice for us.
---Nicole on 9/5/08

As a pastor, I can tell you that belonging to an assembly brings accountability and responsibilty to each person in the flock and the leaders. This is an important relationship all through the NT. As sheep, a person should belong to a flock which has shepherds, teachers, apostles, evangelists, and prophets in it who will care for them. If you don't belong to one then how can anyone be responsible or accountable to you?
---john on 9/4/08

Robyn, well said. "Bethel" was the 1st church set up by Jacob, recorded in Genesis 28:16-22. Church is our Papa's house of prayer. Its purpose is to worship and praise Christ, minister to the body, and fellowship with the saints. Its mission is to propagate the gospel, offer sanctuary and ministering, and make new converts of all people. Please Read- Genesis 28:16-22, Psalms100, 134, Lamentations 3:41, Matthew 5:23,24, 21:13-16, Luke 14:15-24, 24:51-53, Acts 2:36-47, 3:1-21, 13:5, I Corinthians 12:4-31, 14:26-40.
---Eloy on 9/4/08

All christians are the church. The church is the body of Christ with Christ being the head. We should not call a building the church, it is christian fellowship. I know we christians have our different religions but I love all my brothers and sisters in Christ no matter what. We need fellowship with each other and the Holy Spirit so that our spirit grows. That is the point of going to "church".
---Ginger on 9/4/08

The right Church offers many things: sanctuary, worship, spiritual music and singing, ministering, the Word with guidance and the deep revelations of God, prophesying, visions, anointings, laying on of hands, praying, supernatural healings, blessings, edification, sanctification, God's touch and complete conversions, empowerment in the Holy Ghost, baptisms, etc. Now to change to a different church depends upon why? Has the church you attend turned dead? or is there some other cause which moves a person to go elsewhere?
---Eloy on 9/4/08

The Holy Spirit must have forgot the name of the correct denomination to join, for he did not name a denomination in the Scriptures. So when an individual tells you that their church is the church asked him what book chapter and verse that information can be found.
---mima on 9/3/08

Can you please show me verse,book and chapter where the Holy Spirit leads all born-again to interpret scripture to their liken?
---Ruben on 9/3/08

The Holy Spirit must have forgot the name of the correct denomination to join, for he did not name a denomination in the Scriptures. So when an individual tells you that their church is the church asked him what book chapter and verse that information can be found.
---mima on 9/3/08

The church was sat in place by God. Everything has to have a head or leader. This is the purpose of the preacher. Hopefully we find a church where we feel comfortable and feel the love and want to settle down there. We then begin to give our time,service and offering to help the church grow. This is done because we love our sisters and bros in Christ. We begin to respect and love the pastor and wife.Eventually we move from being goats to sheep. Seem to me you are still a goat, Whisper.Are you?
---Robyn on 10/23/07

A christian without a church home if like an orphan without a family. The church is like a home or family for Christians, a fellowship. The pastor and wife is like your spiritual mom and dad. We,the members, are like the kids in the spiritual family. We as Christians are blind to so many things.Teaching is so important.
---Robyn on 10/22/07

This is why I hate membership programs. Because they get clingy and hold it against you if you go to another place. The ''LEGALISTICS'' Religious Spirits, of the church you have been attending will tell you, that you are in sin for leaving the church, and hold you in stinking bondage. No Jesus never had a membership program. However if you find a church you adore, you may end up WANTING to stay your whole life with them it depends where you fit the best.
---Whisper on 10/22/07

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To---Robyn. I had just read Hebrews 10:25, and I find no mention of a "home church" or a "covering" or "pastor" could this possibly be something spread by the churches and pastors( consider money and discipline), for reasons that have nothing to do with assembling ourselves together? It was 200 years after the crucifixion of Christ before the first "Church Building" was built. Yet during this time was a great growth time of the Lord's Church-hummm interesting.
---Mima on 10/22/07

There is no point. What you are looking for is not in a building, but deep in your heart, which you can open to God in personal and meaningful private prayer. Read the bible and pray, you can wait to Join a church if you think you must. Visit them all, trust in God not man. Pray and love God.
---Doug on 10/22/07

It is normal for one to seek the right house before entering in. You need to belong to
something or you will fall for anything.
Everything that shine is not gold,but
go and see anyway.
And if it is not what you thought it was...
...simply,pass it by.
---Jack on 10/19/07

There is only one church that the one Jesus died for it's the acts of the apostle Jesus told them in Math 28 -19 what to teach the people on how to be saved you don't join a church when you recive the Holy Ghost which is Jesus spirt you are borned into the church And Jesus said he was coming back after a church thats called by his name
and that church is the one in the book of acts
---Betty on 10/19/07

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The Bible says not to forsake the fellowshipping of the saints. There is no real emphasis on going to a particular building. If you believe what the Bible says about salvation and accept Jesus as LORD, then you ARE the church. We should seek a group of people to build and maintain relationship with. We should balance submission to the 5-fold ministry with making decisions for ourselves and our personal lives. If we sense God moving us on, we should go. The Church is the people. Not the place.
---J. on 10/19/07

Amen! A real assemblies of God there should be a public membership for a number of reasons having to do more with your own salvation than the running of the church, even though that's a big part too. Every church has different spirits on different level, and u and the church u go to should be on the same wavelength as far as what the pastor's mission statement, for God is not an author of confusion. Praise Jah!
---josep5363 on 10/18/07

I think that everyone who is in the same spirit and in one accord (like-minded, same wavelength) should assemble in the same church. We should be accountable for one another. How can a church be ran if people are church hoppin? God is not a God of confusion....
---J-Dolo on 10/18/07

Hebrews 10:25 talks about this subject. We do need a church home and a covering(pastor). Jesus is coming after a church without a spot or blemish. We need to be obedient to the Word of God and stop trying to figure everything out. Just do it!
---Robyn on 10/17/07

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As a pastor of 20 years I can tell you from experience that people who do not give a public commitment as to their belonging to a fellowship cannot be entrusted with any responsibility. How can you implement any kind of care to be taken for all the programs with people who you can't trust to be there?
---john on 10/13/07

Cindy, are you referring to official membership of a church or going regularly to the same church? The verse telling us that we should not forsake the assembling with other believers speaks, I believe, about regular attendance with people of like mind. I know of no scriptures that mention entering official membership of a church. I don't believe this is necessary but for those who do it is not to be done lightly. Be absolutely sure you have found the church where you wish to remain.
---m.p.a. on 4/24/07

Forsaking the assembly has great consequences as does which church. If Noah's sons had forsaken the right assembly they would have perished with an ungodly world. If Abraham's family hadn't assembled for circumcision they would remain unclean. (types and shadows of circumcision of the heart by the word preached) If the children of Israel forsook the assembly they would not have heard the voice of God.
---Frank on 4/23/07

so for all you folks out there that are saved and don,t attend a church, satan has blinded you cause you are the church. entering a building don,t make you a member of the body of christ.I attend church for corporatye worship, and fellowship with other christians we should be running to church as often as we can, who wants to spend all their time with the world??? corporately that is. we should always spend time with God ,and always think spiritual thoughts.
---tom2 on 7/9/06

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If you accept jesus and are truly born again, you become the church, you are the bride of christ.
---tom2 on 7/9/06

If you read the book of acts you will see what a church should be doing.the problem today and since jersaleum was destroyed in 70 AD is that the church has lost what the early church had.Atleast for most of the members. Today when thers any unity, we call it a click.well give me a church where everyones in the click.
---tom2 on 7/9/06

Think of it this way. If YOU ARE BORN AGAIN you need to find a family, a family to have fellowship with.a family to help you thru your trials and sufferings. a family that will always love you.will always encourage you.will be there when you need them.thats what a church is suppose to be. pretty big deal if you ask me.
---tom2 on 7/6/06

I wish to be known simply as a Christian. If someone wants to know my "belief" then we can discuss scripture. If the church I attend needs me simply to fulfill a program then I'm still looking. I find nowhere in scripture requiring allegience to a specific building, group, or name other than Christ. Check Rev.3:1,4:11, 13:1, 17:3 -6.
---mikefl on 7/6/06

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John, you are absolutely correct.
---shira on 7/6/06

mima, you are correct when you said the Holy Spirit did not have a denomination. Me, well, I am a baptist because when I tell some one I am a baptist, they know what I am all about. that is how we are identified as to our doctrine. Oh how I wish that wasn't so, but it is that way.
---shira on 7/6/06

I think we all need to put down roots in a church and attend the same one as often as we can. That does not necessarily mean taking membership officially or saying "I promise never to go to a different one" but, by going to the same one regularly we are spiritually fed through consistent teaching (which we do not get if we keep moving around) and by fellowshipping with the same people new friendships are made. These are both important to our spiritual growth.
---M.P. on 7/6/06

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