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Q: I speak to many professing Christians who don’t go to church and don’t feel the need to go to church.
They claim they’re already spiritual, and worship the Lord on their own. So here’s my question: What Bible verses specifically deal with church, (fellowship with believers) and God’s desire for us to be a part of the fun?
Asked by: Eric
A: Well Eric, first of all I’m interested in the way in which you describe that.
I’m not sure exactly if going to church makes us “part of the fun.” But I am very interested in your question itself. The Bible is very clear, for example Hebrews 10:25 says, “Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together, as some do, but rather see that the day is approaching and encourage one another.”
Eric, I want to be very clear: when you talk about Christians who see no interest or no need for church, they might not be true Christians. The reason I say that is because the New Testament presents the church as a body, and the body has to function together. It’s connected. It’s presented as a community. It is talked about as sheep that are part of the same sheepfold.
We find, for example, that the church (the body of Christ) is a temple put together with various stones. We need one another— the encouragement, the support, the singing together, the affirmation that we are indeed one—all of that is important to church.
The bottom line is this: What draws us together as believers is not a common interest. This isn’t a photography club or some other special interest group. What draws us together is a common life. And that common life touches all areas of our experience and our own individual lives.
Church is necessary, Eric, so don’t listen to the folks who are telling you otherwise.
- Hebrews 10:25