Does a Christian really need to attend church?

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Many wonder does it matter if a Christian decided to stay home and worship? The Bible says that it does matter “Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together , as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25).

Church is a place where Christian members love (1 John 4:12), encourage (Hebrews 3:13), motivate (Hebrews 10:24), serve (Galatians 5:13), teach (Romans 15:14), and fellowship with one another (Ephesians 4:32). You can’t have a body without the members. Likewise, the church body has to have all of its “body parts” or Christian members for it to grow spiritually and prosper.

About the importance of the members in the church body, Paul wrote, “For in fact the body is not one member but many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body?  And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body?  If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body” (1 Corinthians 12:14-20).

Jesus just before He was crucified, He prayed for the unity of the members in the church  “Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are” (John 17:11). And before God poured the Holy Spirit on the early church, the disciples were united in prayer and worship “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1). Therefore it’s the will of the Father that every Christian member should be Joined to His faithful church.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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