Do you really need to be involved in a church for God’s word?
Can’t believers just worship Jesus on their own? Why do we need to be involved in “organized religion?” It seems like a growing trend that many Christians don’t believe they need to be part of a church.
Yes, we can and should worship and love Jesus individually. But we should also worship, pursue God’s word and love him with others. In fact, it is essential and vital to our spiritual lives and health as believers.
Here are 12 crucial reasons why every Christian should be part of a local church
1. We need to be built together with other believers
Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. Eph 2:20-22
2. We need brothers and sisters to encourage, exhort, challenge, and build us up in our faith, and we need to encourage and build up others
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom… Colossians 3:16
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13
3. We need to worship together with others
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16
Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly! Psalm 149:1
I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you Psalm 22:22
4. We need to be stirred up by others to love and good deeds
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25