Question & Answer

Bible answers to your questions | Volume 26 No. 5

Question

Do Christians need to attend church? I often get a greater blessing worshiping at home or alone in nature.

Answer

  1. We receive biblical instruction, correction, and admonition. “Let us go…to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” Isaiah 2:3.
  2. We worship God in song and prayer. Psalm 95; Acts 2:42. Although we are individually admonished to “rejoice evermore,” and “pray without ceasing,” 1 Thessalonians 5:16–17, Christ especially honors with His presence those gathered in His name. See Matthew 18:20.
  3. We experience Christian fellowship. See Acts 2:42. As social beings, meeting and interacting with likeminded people and loving and caring for each other benefits us both spiritually and physically.
  4. We bring our financial gifts to God. See Malachi 3:10. The church service is a fitting framework in which we can faithfully support God’s church and its missionary advances. We can expect His blessings in return.
  5. We prepare for and fulfill our mission. The church is the visible house of God, the beacon set on a hill in this dark world. People should be drawn to it and come to know God. God intended for our worship services to proclaim His love and truth to those who do not know them. When we follow His plan, the prophecy of Zechariah 8:22–23 will be fulfilled: “Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord…ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a [spiritual] Jew, saying,

We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.”

Church attendance becomes even more crucial at the end of time. Paul counseled, “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.” Hebrews 10:25. God even set aside a special day for it: “Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation…” Leviticus 23:3.

As a regular church-goer, you will be in good company: the prophets and saints of the Old Testament, Jesus, and the apostles all went to church. David exclaimed: “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1. Jesus “as his custom was…went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” Luke 4:16.

Do Christians need to attend church? I often get a greater blessing worshiping alone.

The first Christians were so filled with love for their new-found truth that the weekly Sabbath service wasn’t enough for them. The Bible records that they were “continuing daily with one accord in the temple.” Acts 2:46.

Sweet fellowship and unity with one another is a sign of true Christianity. See John 17:21. Attempting to “go it alone” destroys the opportunity for God to manifest Himself through the body of Christ—His church. It also puts us at a spiritual disadvantage. God chooses to revive and edify us through the body of Christ, not just as individuals. 1 Peter 2:5. If you remove a live coal from the fire and leave it to burn on its own, it will soon go out and become cold. So it is with us when separated from the warmth and fire of Christian fellowship, we will eventually grow cold.

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