Do You Have to Go to Church?

Let’s find out the true meaning of church.

Written by Joy on 30/11/2014
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Church And Community
“Do not give up meeting together as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25

There are church services on television and the Internet. But is it ok to stay at home and watch a church service? Or do we have to go to a physical church building? Let’s find out the true meaning of church.

Church: The Body of Christ
When God talks about the church, he isn’t talking about a physical building. The church is all the people in the world who have put their faith in Jesus, sometimes called the body of Christ.

Christians are instructed to meet together regularly. (Hebrews 10:25) Many Christians go to church buildings (local churches). But if there isn’t a local church near you, don’t worry. You can meet in a house church, a secret meeting place or a public place where you can fellowship. The important thing is to meet with other Christians so you can learn, fellowship, and work together to teach others about God.

Divide and Conquer: Enemy Strategy
It’s not easy to overpower a group of people because there’s strength in numbers. But if you divide them, you can easily conquer. The Bible even talks about the benefits of being with another person instead of being alone. “Two are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

As Christians, we have an enemy who wants to divide us. “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (I Peter 5:8). Satan tries to separate you from other believers because he knows you are weaker when you are alone. When we are in a group, we can support each other, hold each other accountable and pray for each other. Satan will not be able to drag one of us off into the wilderness of unbelief, doubt, or despair.

United in Love: Jesus’ Prayer
Jesus prayed for us to be united. (John 17:9-11). He told us to “Love one another” (John 13:34) and “Encourage one another” (I Thessalonians 5:11). You’ll be able to do all of that and more when you’re united with other believers by meeting together. If you haven’t put your faith in Jesus yet, become a part of the body of Christ today and you can begin meeting with other believers too!

Pray this week:

That God will direct you to a local church where you can belong and how you can be an encouragement to other believers.

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The Church is Your Family

The church – your local group of believers – will encourage and guide you as you grow spiritually.

Written by GodLife
Series: Look to Jesus
Tags: Church And Community, Family
When you became a follower of Jesus, you were “born again” (John 3:3). Can you imagine being a newborn baby just coming home, and your parents left you alone on the floor, giving you no food, milk, clean diapers, or love? That would be terrible!

The Church — Not a Building, But People
As a physical family makes sure you get fed and loved, the church – your local group of believers – will encourage and guide you as you grow spiritually.

One of the most important things your church does is remind you often of the main points of the gospel:

Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty for your sins and rose again to show His power over death,
Everyone who has by faith received God’s free gift is forgiven of their sins and becomes God’s child,
Jesus lives in each believer today through His Holy Spirit, giving them power to live a God-pleasing life.
The Church is a Team
Not only do YOU need the church, but the church needs YOU! Imagine a soccer team where everyone wanted to be the goalkeeper. How ridiculous to have 11 goalies! God has designed the church with different roles — meaning, the team is not complete without you, and you are lacking without the team.

"But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body" (1 Corinthians 12:18-20).

Don’t Let the Wolves Get You
When a pack of wolves goes hunting, they try to separate young or weak animals from the herd, where they are easily captured and eaten. Satan looks for people to devour, just like wolves do (1 Peter 5:8). By spending time with other believers, you’ll grow strong in your faith. Then, you can resist the devil, and he’ll run away from you (James 4:7).

Look to Jesus
Do you meet with other believers regularly? If not, ask God to help you find a group of strong believers to meet with. He knows how desperately you need to be connected to other followers of Jesus, have a spiritual family and share this message with someone who needs to hear it. If you do not have a church family, ask God to lead you to one or to a Christian in your area.

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