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See also: "Do I Have to Keep the Sabbath Day? Why?"



WHY can't I worship God in the comfort of my home, enjoying the best of Christian TV?

WHY can't I just enjoy being alone out in the woods---just God and I? Do I need church?


  • I need church because it's a FAMILY REUNION. Jesus said, "Who is MY family? Those who do My will" (see Mark 3:33,35). We are a family---rejoicing with one another, crying with one another, helping each other. We need each other's support. This support can only be accomplished through close and frequent communication. We're on an extended course of study. For the rest of our lives we have enrolled in a program of Christian discipleship. Each week builds on the one before.

  • I need church because it's a REFUGE. The sanctuary is a place to get away from the busyness of the world. It's a mini-retreat. It's a place to focus my thoughts on things above, to worship.

  • I need church because it's like a BILLBOARD. As my neighbors see me go down to that building on the corner week after week, they can tell what is important in my life. If all my brothers and sisters are there too, the neighbors may wonder what is going on that attracts people so regularly. I can also by my example show young believers and new members the importance of regular attendance. It shows that I support the pastor.

  • I need church because it is like a MEMORIAL SERVICE. Imagine that I had been in a war and one of my buddies threw himself on an enemy hand grenade to save me---and it killed him. Suppose I learned there was to be a memorial service for him in my hometown. Would I be there? Of course!
And since Jesus died for me, it's to honor Him that I attend His memorial service. It's to honor Him that I remember His death by taking communion.
  • I need church because it's a VICTORY CELEBRATION. Jesus left an empty tomb. We can celebrate His resurrection together. At least one day a week should be set aside for remembering Jesus' triumph over death and over Satan.

  • I need church because it's a TIME to spend WITH my FATHER. I'm a child of God. He delights in spending time with me, and I want to be with Him. God wants to reveal His plans to me---and I want to get in on the details, to cooperate with Him.

But He is not only my Father; He is OUR Father---and Christ is OUR Savior. God has warned us not to forsake gathering with other believers (Heb. 10:25)

  • I need church in order to be a MEMBER IN A fully functioning BODY. Where two or three are gathered in Jesus' name, He is in the midst; this constitutes a fellowship or home meeting, but a BODY is composed of more than three members.---The church is a body!

  • I need church because GOD COMMANDS IT and my conscience demands it.
"... Turn away thy foot ... from doing thy [own] pleasure on My Holy Day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the Holy of the Lord, honourable; and [thou] shalt honour Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words." [Isaiah 58:13]
  • I need church because it is a SPIRITUAL 'HOSPITAL'. In this environment there is salvation, healing, and deliverance. The church meetings re-charge my spiritual battery.


  • I NEED CHURCH because I am part of a family. I have lots to learn about what it means to be a disciple. I need to have a retreat. I know my priorities and want to set a good example to others both within and outside the church. I respect Christ's death and am overjoyed by His resurrection. I want to spend time with my Father and other believers. There is a vital role to fulfill in a body that is incomplete without me. I want to obey God. I know a place where people can be saved, healed, and set free!!

See also: "Being Married to Your Local Church" | "Planted People" |

"Once saved, Always Saved?: The Eternal Security Dilemma" | "4 Kinds of Works Needed to Go to Heaven" | "Tithing: Righteous Action, Older than the Law!"

See also: "Do I Have to Keep the Sabbath Day? Why?"

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