Is going to Church necessary for Christian faith? Can one label themselves a Christian faithful if they don’t attend church or live in true fellowship? When you become a Christian, you are called into a relationship with God (1 Corinthians 1:9). The New Testament assumes that everybody participates in their local assembly. Those who are in isolation or enjoys salvation apart from the local church is foreign to the New Testament’s writing. Acts 20:7 states that “For Christians in every location, regular gathering was a part of life.” I Corinthians 12 makes clear that God has given spiritual gifts to every Christian, and I Peter 4:10 commands us to use these “spiritual gifts” to help each other. This exemplifies the fact that Christians can utilize and make most their spiritual gifts with other fellow Christians to strengthen their areas of weakness.
God intends for us as human beings to meet with other believers and instead of being self-sufficient, we must look over one another by confessing our sins to one another, praying for one another, and comforting one another in times of hardships. The Church embodies the spiritual uplifting and edification of the glory of god. It provides a place of spiritual development, and maturity. It equips us our share in the ministry of the gospel, and edifies us to build up the body of Christ. Which leads to the question……. Is going to church mandatory for fellow Christians or is Salvation a result of faith only in Christ?
“The Bible says that believers must not keep apart from other believers” (Hebrews 10:24-25). Every New Testament scripture speaks of Christians living in community with each other and that participation in Church is essential in developing a relationship with God. Some would argue that Christianity is just “You and God” and that’s it. If God is everywhere, then why would you have to go anywhere to be heard by him? We can be saved anywhere, praise God anywhere, since the Holy spirit is within us.
As long as we love Jesus, read the Bible, and live a holy life, would that surmise obedience to God’s word and a strong relationship with him? I would say that in times of communal encouragement and guidance, the Church does give us a perspective and fellowship that strengthens our faith within the community of church-goers, and place of worship which is critical in strengthening our faith in God and learning more about the scripture with like-minded people who will all love and guide us in going the right paths in our lives.
Indeed going to Church is the best environment to increase our capacity to learn and love one another and to ultimately bolster our faiths as Christians. Isolating ourselves from the Church can lead to us being spiritually eccentric or inept over time. I believe that as long as you’re actively attending Church, living a godly life that is pleasing to God, reading the bible, and remaining close to him, God will continue to support you and look down on you, smiling.
Even though someone goes to Church, it doesn’t make them a Christian. You can only become a follower of Jesus by “turning from your sin and entrusting yourself to him for forgiveness and a new life.” (Matthew 18:3) – “A real Christian, quite simply, is someone who turned, been converted, from a follower of himself to a follower to Christ.” Some people who don’t go to Church simply haven’t been converted or committed to Church life and don’t follow the New Testament. Every New Testament scripture speaks of Christians living in community with each other in strengthening our relationship with God. One of the Commandments “keep the Lord’s day holy” does involve going to Church on Sundays.
A Christian enjoys blessings every time they attend Church by finding friends, encouragements, challenges, and people who help them live for God. Church could also act as a haven for people who find themselves in the midst of an ungodly society into which they are born. The individual sense of responsibility to attend Church gives us the marrow of what Jesus had in mind when he founded the Church a long time ago.
Real Christians go to church. They actively keep themselves busy learning, worshipping, and praying. By attending Sunday masses, we are sharing our hearts with each other, and pursuing the pleasures of God and serving God in unity. By coming together, we serve God’s glory and grow more and more like Jesus. The advantages of Church unity over independence are the grace of singing, attending Lord’s supper, learning more about the scriptures, finding the right path for yourself, and most importantly, being a part of the communion of believers.