A popular misconception among those who claim to be believers in this postmodern society is that attending church is not necessary or at least a thing of great importance. I’ve maybe heard this sort of sentiment more in the last couple of years than any other time in my life. Growing up, for believers, I always thought it was important to be involved with a local Bible-believing church body, though I REALLY wasn’t saved until I was closer to adulthood (blog about false converts, apostates and backsliders may come later). My position is being an active member in a church family is crucial for spiritual growth therefore rendering it to be very beneficial for a believer’s walk with Christ.
Scripture tells us we need to attend a biblical church so we can worship God with other believers and be taught His Word for our spiritual growth (Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:25). Church is the place where believers can love one another (1 John 4:12), encourage one another (Hebrews 3:13), “spur” one another (Hebrews 10:24), serve one another (Galatians 5:13), instruct one another (Romans 5:14), honor one another (Romans 12:10), and be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32).
When a person comes into a covenant relationship with Jesus Christ, he or she is made a member of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). For a church body to function properly, all of its “body parts” need to be present (1 Corinthians 12:14-20). Likewise, a believer will never reach full spiritual maturity without the assistance and encouragement of other believers (1 Corinthians 12:21-26). (A church isn’t the building, the church is the body of people who believe in Jesus). For these reasons, church attendance, participation (service), and fellowship should be regular aspects of a believer’s life. Weekly church attendance is not necessarily “required” for believers, but someone who belongs to Christ should have a desire to worship God, receive His Word, and fellowship with other believers.
To recap, a church should provide an environment and teachers that soundly teach and encourage the teaching and study of the Bible as it is foundational in a believer’s life. It is with a church a person can find their gifts (all believers have at least one spiritual gift) and it is with a church a person can learn how to put their gifts to use. A church family lifts people up in prayer. A church family provides a shoulder or several to cry on when things are tough, rejoices in times of jubilation, mourns with those who mourn, comforts the sick and afflicted, fosters accountability for Christian living, blankets people with love, serves its community, works towards the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20), among many, many other things. As mentioned earlier, those who claim to be Christians SHOULD DESIRE to get involved with a local Bible-believing church for worship, fellowship, service, and serious Bible study.