Q: Why Do I Need A Chuch?
It is not an uncommon question. We recognize that God is a personal God with whom we have a personal relationship. We see that we can study, learn, and grow on our own. We look at division, scandal, and imperfection in churches. And then many errantly decide that church isn’t a necessary part of their relationship with God. However, in doing so, these people end up hindering the work of God in their lives.
One of the main functions of any church service is to provide teaching and instruction. We have the ability to study God’s word and learn for ourselves. But what you gain in the community are things you cannot provide for yourself. A church provides checks against incorrect theology. By being able to discuss and engage with others, our beliefs and knowledge becomes more solid and defined. Just as schools play an important part in educating us for life, churches are a necessity in our spiritual growth.
The church is so much more than a school. The equipping we receive is more than just knowledge. Proverbs 27:17 says that “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” We need to be in Christ centered fellowship with other believers for this to take place. It is a refinement of ourselves so that we may better serve God’s purpose for our lives. The calling that God has for each person is different, but it is all for the same purpose. That is why we are called the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul speaks on the body of Christ. This familiar passage instructs that regardless of the giftings, jobs, or background that an individual possesses, each believer is an equally valuable part of the body of Christ. Each is also an equally necessary part of the body. If we aren’t connected to the body, we lose the fullness of our purpose, and the body loses the function we provide.
The importance of being rooted in a church is highlighted throughout the New Testament. Hebrews 10:25 instructs us to “not [give] up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing” because we need each other for strength and support. In Luke 4:16, we can see that even the Son of God went to synagogue. And Jesus promises that obeying this instruction is not in vain. In Matthew 18:20 he says, “For when two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
God has called us to be a body, and when we reject this calling, we do a disservice to God, ourselves, and other believers. God has a place for you in his body; we encourage you to seek him for where that is. Find a church that professes Christ as God and Savior and the Bible as the authoritative Word of God. Find a church where you can grow in Christ and serve him fully. America is blessed with an abundance and variety of churches: big, small, formal, casual, and everywhere between. There is a church home for you that will deepen your personal relationship with Christ.