The Bible tells us we need to be with other Christians so we can worship God and be taught by His Word for our spiritual growth (Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:25). However, it does not specifically state that we should meet in a structure or any specific place like an institutional or denominational church.
Does it matter how many times and how many years do we have to go to church to hear the word of God over and over and yet we are not doing anything to spread the wings of God, like hearing the salvation being preached every Sunday?
Do we need to be reminded like a child that needs to be nourished every Sunday about our salvation? Or we have to testify the goodness of God and His word?
But, How will it happen when it is not in the program. It is true and I believe about gathering of the saints, gatherings of the body of believers, but do we need to go to a certain religious structure to profess our faith and hear the word of God or we can carry out the word of God and bring it to the lost souls. There are many ways we can do it. Just think about it! start with relatives that you are helping. Professing does not make us a true Christian but confession does.
I believe going to church is like going to school. We go to school to listen, to learn and once we have established our footings, it is time to walk and talk about the goodness of what we have learned about God and His word. We can take them to the church where we are enlightened to experience fellowshipping with the Body of Christ and perhaps we have done our part as a responsible Christian.
We must be certain by our endorsements that the church with an unblemished record must come first, witnessed by many faithful believers, preaching unblemished interpretations of the scriptures by the Pastors who are doers of what they preach. Though no church is perfect, what we want is a church with little imperfections. If they are not comfortable then our option is to meet in a house. When they are already fully equipped, it’s time to go out and spread the word of God.
There are Pastors that depend on their livelihood from church collections and definitely need financial support, especially if that is only the source of their income and to abuse and enrich themselves through the sacrifice of the members’ pockets must be rejected. The luxurious living of those who control the pulpit is something to be aware of. We do not want to be an accessory to wrongdoings and we are the only ones who could stop them if necessary. Remember when a Pastor is using the collections for personal gain, he is robbing the poor. The main purpose of tithes and offerings is to help the widow without a family that can help and the poor in general and not the Pastor’s luxurious lifestyle.
Some people will just walk away from the faith when they witness a church anomaly and become an un-churched Christian. We are the body of Christ and no one can take that away from us except if we will let it happen.
We are the center of the eternal purpose of God. God’s saving grace does not save people from sin without being justified and sanctified into the body of Christ. Jesus Christ is our 2nd and last Adam that will eventually be the faithful witness recorded in the book of Revelation.
Have you heard that outside the church there is no salvation? This means that as believers, church attendance is of vital importance in salvation, and the free will to worship God in private houses has been denied. It is certain that attending the Sunday service is of great importance for our learning that will eventually lead to spiritual growth.
If you did not grow that is the responsibility of the Pastor. We still have the choice to look for a more responsible church. When the time comes your hunger for the Word is filled and fully equip the Holy Spirit will lead to use your gift. If he is in you who do you think will be against you?
As it is written; we must go to our secret place within our house and worship God, glorify and praise Him, and be mindful of our relationship with Him by our constant communication with Him and obedience to His will.
Christians must be bound together as one Body of Christ, we are the Bride, we are the Soldier, we are the kings that overruled by the King of kings and Lord of lords, we are the priest that made by Christ and Now we are the kingdom. It is the will of God to believe the Son Jesus to have eternal life. (Luke 12:32; John 10:16; Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2–3), (Ephesians 5)(1 Corinthians 12:12) (Eph.2:21).
We are shaping one another through sharing our Spiritual gifts to the glory of God and that is the primary purpose of gathering together, meeting, and expressing our respect for one another. That is what we simply call the communion of the saints or much simpler the gathering of the faithful.
No man is an island. We belong to one another and need one another as brothers, sisters, and mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, our 2nd and last Adam. He said that whosoever obeys the will of the Father, will be related to Him. We can also consider as time goes by, the place of worship or gathering changes, from the foot of the mountain, to a tent, to synagogue, to a temple and private houses until a waved of big church buildings being built with beautiful architectures that push the private dwellings to disappear.
We are commanded to meet with fellow believers as mentioned in the book of Hebrews, but we should not limit our capacity to be free from some denominational groups that have their own tenet apart from the Bible.
However, we can also form a group of friends and relatives to bring them the goodness of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. This should be the natural inclination and desire of every regenerated heart. There is nothing In the Bible that specifically says we must go to a church building and neither reject or encourage going to church.
With much knowledge and understanding of the word of truth, the wisdom of a God will be upon us. Our freedom of will, will be guided by the Holy Spirit and will never be wrong.
There are routine preachings, regular collection baskets, favoritism that should be ignored as long as your spiritual growth is taken care of. Many congregations nowadays do not have Sunday school and Bible Studies and that is a big disappointment for others.
How can you grow without this ministry? And if there is, it is because the members made it possible by having the meetings done in their private dwellings. These meetings sometimes are headed by laypersons. This was the practice during the early period in church history. Meeting or gathering of the saints was held in private homes.
There are churches that salvation is being preached every Sunday and would only change if the Pastor has a new entertainment package that will make the hearers wake up from their seats.
If attending Sunday service is a way of Christian living, how could it be?
How can we justify that worshiping God one hour a week is enough to declare that we did our weekly obligation as a true Christian? Hearing a 30 minutes message, 15 minutes praise and worship songs, 10 minutes’ tithes and offering and 5 minutes opening and closing prayers, is that enough to pleased God? Is that enough for a weekly devotion?
Sometimes it feels longer to drive going to and from the church than to be in the church. We spend more time watching movies than watching and hearing the voices of the Pastor, choirs and prayers combined. We can please God in many ways; through good works, obedience to His words, showing respect to others, and many more but forcing you to attend church is not one of them.
When you heard a Pastor says to “offer our bodies as living sacrifices” Does he mean about our attendance on Sundays? Don’t we have enough in this troubled world; fear, anxiety, and stress?
If worshiping is a sacrifice, it is a big lie! Our life is not a sacrifice when we worship God; It is a way of expressing our gratitude, thanksgiving, and just being with Him is a life worth living. We can do it alone, could we?
1 Corinthians 10:31 when he says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” When we focus our life on the true and living God, we will never be wrong and our soul will never be lost. Religion would neither save us nor establish a good covenant with God.
It’s our relationship as Father and sons and daughters. We must protect our hearts from deceitful and lying acts. We must avoid actors that are playing church as they will devour our soul if we cease guarding it. We must never put our faith as a challenge that will lead to weakness and defeat but as a weapon to accomplish our mission with power and authority.
We cannot have a house without a foundation. We cannot be a Father without a son. We cannot be a Christian without Christ and Christ will be the foundation of our body, our house. We are the church and the Holy Spirit of God dwells in it. A house is not a home when there is no one living there, so the institutional church is just a building in the absence of believers.
When Jesus Christ told Peter that he will build his church, he did build it, in our heart and many still don’t get up to this time. When he said that the kingdom is at hand still many don’t and when he said that he is coming soon, more than enough to say; they didn’t get it.
Christians are either kings or priests as we base it in (Revelation 5:9-10 NKJV) (1 Peter 2:9 NIV) And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God, And we shall reign on the earth.”
Jesus said “Scripture cannot be broken” and I believe that each Christian is both a king and a priest; a king that gives provision to his kingdom, his own domain, and the priest that intercedes between humans and God. We need to be both because a king (kingdom) has authority, but a priest (church) has access. They both work for the glory of God. But, still, your free will to choose.
The Bible is clear that whoever believes with the Son Jesus there is a reward which is eternal life as kings and priests ruling and teaching here on earth (Matthew 5:5; Revelation 5:10).
The Bible said we are in the kingdom now (Colossians 1:13).
Jesus said: “that those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.” 1Peter 2:9 says that they are a royal priesthood and in Revelation 1:6 says that Christ has “made us kings and priests unto God.”
It’s not good when they are uncomfortable with the term priest because it sounds more nonevengelicals and yet they claim to be the church and at the same time Christians are ignorant of the facts that they are kings!
Some of those who claim to be good Christians will be rejected by Jesus if they have not carried out the will of God.