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April 13, 2016, 9:09 AM

Do I really have to go to church to be a Christian?

This question of, "do I have to go to church to be a Christian?" has been asked to myself many times and I'm sure many of you have been posed this question, also. To me, this is one of those "yes and no" questions. 

First of all, can you become a Christian without the church? I supposed that technically you can. You can be reading your Bible, discover what you need to do to be saved, find some random person to baptize you and you can become a Christian. The question I always pose to people is how healthy will you be if you don't have a family?

Consider this...a baby can be a human without a family, correct? A baby can be born to a woman who does not want her. The baby can be dropped off on a doorstep, forgotten in an alley and lay there. This baby is most definitely a human, but how healthy is this baby going to be without a family to raise her, nurture her, feed her and protect her? The obvious answer is that unless this baby gets some kind of family this baby will not survive very long at all. The same is true of a babe in Christ. Without the church you will not survive spiritually. 

If you really desire to be a healthy, growing Christian you need the church. I'm not just talking about attending a Sunday morning service, punching your clock, throwing $20 in the plate and heading home. I'm talking about being with like-minded people, with others who are on the same mission in life you're on, serving together, loving together, even crying together. 

In Acts chapter 2 the Day of Pentecost had just happened. Over 3,000 people were saved that day. It had to have been quite a sight. New believers baptizing new believers, people everywhere, so much excitement, so much joy, so much happening. But as we all know the excitement of something new wears off. Commitment is where we struggle. So here's how the early church stayed growing and healthy.  

Read Acts 2:46-47: Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. 

For them to keep their commitment to Christ they needed to gather with each other. They needed to get together and study the Word. They needed to get together and just eat with each other and encourage each other. They needed this consistently, not just when they had nothing else to do. 

Do you need to go to church to be a Christian? Absolutely. Church is a lot of different things. It can be Sunday morning at the church building. It can a Bible study in a home. It can be serving together at a soup kitchen. It can be traveling together to an event. It can be working together on a widow's home. Church is much more than an hour-long service on Sunday morning. It's much more than many think it is and it's needed more than many think it is. 

I don't want to live this life alone. I love having a family. I love coming home to my wife and kids. I love eating meals together. I love watching TV together. I love asking them how their day was. I love traveling together. I love getting texts and calls from my wife. My life is enriched because of my family.

The church is a family. You can go try to live this life all by yourself, but how much fun is that? Don't run from the church, embrace it. It's the greatest organization that man has an opportunity to be a part of. Try it out. I think you'll be happy you did!


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