As I have ministered to many families and individuals over the past 30-plus years, I have had numerous people tell me, "I can worship and serve God without going to church." I know anyone who has witnessed for Christ has heard this over and again.
This is a very unfortunate misunderstanding. This one of Satan's most effective tools. Scripture is very clear that our worship and service to Christ hinges on our faithfulness to the church.
In response to this foolish notion that we could somehow separate our service to God from the church I have posed nine questions. If you will answer these questions I believe you will find the answer to this age-old excuse for not going to church. Please take time to read each reference following these questions and then honestly answer each one. Remember the Greek word for the church, Ecclesia, means a called out assembly.
If Christ loved the church enough to die for it, how important is the church? Eph. 5: 25
How can you fulfill the great commission without the church? Mt. 28:19, 20; Acts 2: 41, 47
How can you be a soul winner without the church? Lk. 14: 23
Where do you bring your tithes and offerings on the first day of the week if you don't go to church? I Cor. 16: 1, 2; Mal. 3: 10
Jesus went to church on Sunday (the first day of the week), why wouldn't he expect us to do the same, just as the disciples did? Jn. 20: 19, 26; Acts 20: 7
How can we settle disputes with our brothers apart from the church? Mt. 18: 15-17; I Cor. 6: 1-8
Why did Paul give Timothy instructions on how to behave in the church if the church doesn't matter? I Tim. 3: 15
If the church is the body and Christ is the head of the body, how can we worship and serve him if we don't go to meet with the church? Col. 1: 18; I Cor. 12
If the church is not essential to the believer, then why is most of the New Testament written to the church, including letters from Christ in heaven? I Cor. 1: 2; II Cor. 1: 1; Gal. 1: 2; Eph. 3: 21; Rev. 2, 3
Don't allow Satan to rob you of the power and sweet fellowship you can know by being actively involved in a good Biblically sound church. Find a church that has a vision for winning the lost and caring for the needy.
Hebrews 10: 24, 25 clearly commands us to go to church and why: "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the habit of some, but exhorting one another: and so much the more as you see the day (of the Lord's return) approaching."