Is it really necessary for a believer to go to church?
Good day beautiful people,
I hope that this post meets you well? Today I’d like to discuss about a topic, very close to my heart. I’m an individual who cherishes fellowship, and I believe that it’s extremely important for people, not to live alone. God created us for relationship, and a good way (not the only way) to establish friendships, is within God’s house (I’m also aware that this doesn’t always happen, but for a moment, can we look at things from an ideal perspective).
So should Christians really go to church??? The shorter answer from me would be…Yes, if a person is medically able to! Why??? Because Christ attended fellowship regularly (He went to the synagogue), and we’re called to imitate Christ!
And simply because I LOVE studying the bible, I’ve also decided to share my longer answer with you all, in order to give everyone some food for thought ☺️.
It was part of Christ’s normal routine to spend time in God’s house, and Christians are called to live like Christ, and a way in which we can do so, is by going to the house of the Lord. (And that is if you’re physically/medically fit to do so). But I honestly thank God that His presence isn’t limited to the 4 walls of a church building, but I must say that having fellowship with other believers can be a very beautiful, blissful, and pleasant experience. Christ who is God, spent time in His Father’s house (during His time on earth when He took upon human flesh), and we should also aspire to do the same! Ultimately if Jesus attended communal worship, I think going to church will also do us good!
Luke 4:16 ~ When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures.
But what about all the false teachers, and ‘bad’ churches out there?????
There were a lot of Pharisees and Sadducees living double standards, yet this did not stop Christ from attending the synagogue. He preached the truth, and lived it out through His actions.
Matthew 12:1-14 ~ “At about that time Jesus was walking through some grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, so they began breaking off some heads of grain and eating them. But some Pharisees saw them do it and protested, “Look, your disciples are breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath.” Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He went into the house of God, and he and his companions broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat. And haven’t you read in the law of Moses that the priests on duty in the Temple may work on the Sabbath? I tell you, there is one here who is even greater than the Temple! But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!” Then Jesus went over to their synagogue, where he noticed a man with a deformed hand. The Pharisees asked Jesus, “Does the law permit a person to work by healing on the Sabbath?” (They were hoping he would say yes, so they could bring charges against him.) And he answered, “If you had a sheep that fell into a well on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you work to pull it out? Of course you would. And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, the law permits a person to do good on the Sabbath.” Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored, just like the other one! Then the Pharisees called a meeting to plot how to kill Jesus.”
From the above passage, one can observe that Christ wasn’t afraid of refuting the religious leaders ideologies. He corrected them by using scripture. If you notice someone doing something wrong within a church setting, kindly correct them in love. Test the spirit, and if you hear something contrary to the bible, question it! And if the person refuses to listen and continues to preach heresy from the pulpit, leave because that place is operating behind a false spirit. It is not a place of God, it is not a place where the Holy Spirit dwells.
Spoiler alert: Please beware that you’ll never find a perfect church.
Another interesting fact to note is that Jesus ensured that people heard the truth. He spent time teaching others by using parables to help individuals relate scripture to everyday life. And you too can encourage others through using God’s word, and you don’t have to be a bible scholar to do this! Even sharing a passage that the Holy Spirit strengthens you with, can bless others.
Matthew 4:23 ~ Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness.
Luke 21:37 ~ Every day Jesus went to the Temple to teach, and each evening he returned to spend the night on the Mount of Olives.
The body of Christ is a place we should desire to be. The church is a good place for us to learn how to serve others, as well as God. We can also develop our giftings within a church setting, and gain the opportunity to learn more about God through teachings.
Psalm 135:1-2 “Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord! Praise him, you who serve the Lord, you who serve in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.”
Psalm 122:1 ~ I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”
It is a blessing to fellowship with other believers! We get to experience a glimpse of heaven. Because in paradise there will be communal worship. It’s also a great blessing to be able to receive encouragement from another sibling in The Lord.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 ~ Encourage one another in The Lord.
Hebrews 10:25 ~ “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
Make it your goal this year to get plugged into a bible believing church that strives to teach the TRUTH at ALL times! We all need authentic fellowship. Don’t let fear, or disappointment hold you back from godly fellowship, don’t let negative past experiences rob you of communal worship. Serve God and others in His house, if you’re fit to do so, lay aside excuses and surrender to God. And ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to the church He desires for you to attend!
Christian Lady After God’s Own Heart