Not going to church/being involved in a home church because you feel it isn’t necessary to be a Christian is like saying you’re part of a class but never show up. What are you getting out of it if you’re not an actual participant in what’s required?
Now, you may say that it’s not required, that only faith in Jesus gets you to heaven. Hmmmm that may be true, but are you reaching your full faith potential if you’re not being held accountable or not living in community with other believers? Are you in regular discussion about what God is doing in your life and through you? Church isn’t the only place you should have these discussions, I’m not saying that, but church does kind of force it out of you sometimes because it’s needed for growth.
I think about this a lot regarding people close to me in my life and why they choose not to go to church. Many of the reasons would be because they’d feel judged. I mean, I feel judged if I don’t wear a mask right now. You can feel judged, pre-coronavirus, for anything just being in public for being you, we know that. I don’t condone it, but again, it’s there. Church should be your place to go to for community worship and discussions of what God is doing in your life. Church is the place to go to for faith workshops, if you will. You build skills there through discussions and lessons by teachers and pastors so that that could be you one day.
Maybe you don’t think you’d be a good teacher. Honestly, I never considered that for myself because I’m shy. The thing is, you don’t have to be the best at something to be able to succeed at it. People compliment me and think I’m a good teacher, I’m doing the Lord’s work and it’s something I’ve come to enjoy. Whether you consider it teaching, you’re being an example to someone behind you. Make sure it’s a good example and that you also bring them into your spiritual life. Let them walk with you.
Another reason I strongly believe that church is important is the Bible. Specifically that Paul wrote several letters to churches. Bodies of Christ! Now, these are still relevant to each of our churches ~ we either want to be like these churches or take lessons from them to not be like them. Why would he address churches? Why does the Bible address church structure? Why does the Bible care so much about what we do in a church environment? Maybe because it’s important??? 😀 ding ding ding, we have a winner!
I am so grateful for my church that I’ve called home for over 24 years. They really are my family. I know that I can count on them to come together for special occasions and they support me.
Like any family, there are trials and disagreements. Some big, some small. That’s what strengthens you as an individual, going through rough patches, don’t you think that could do the same to the body of Christ?
What do you think about church? Let me know in the comments!