What’s the point of church, anyway? I can worship God just fine on a beach or in the woods. I can read my Bible and pray at home. I can be a good person everyday without ever once setting foot in a church building. Isn’t it just filled with hypocrites and sinners anyway?
Chances are if you haven’t offered some of those arguments about church, you’ve at least heard some of them. Many of them sound reasonable. So why is coming to church such a big deal?
Different people will give you different answers to this question. It’s true that the Bible tells believers not to forsake coming together, and it’s true that the New Testament writers have a lot to say about helping one another, praying for one another, loving one another and so on. Apparently following Jesus wasn’t meant to be a solo effort. Social or antisocial, introvert or extrovert, charismatic or awkward, God doesn’t seem to make any special provisions when it comes to being a Christian.
Since God created us, He knows that one of the ways humans learn best is by doing life with others. We learn from each other. We help each other. We grow together. We give and receive. That’s His design for His church. We function as members of a body. In 1 Corinthians chapter 12, the church is described as a body. The Message Bible paraphrase puts it like this:
What we have is one body with many parts, each its proper size and in its proper place. No part is important on its own. Can you imagine Eye telling Hand, “Get lost; I don’t need you”? Or, Head telling Foot, “You’re fired; your job has been phased out”? As a matter of fact, in practice it works the other way—the “lower” the part, the more basic, and therefore necessary. You can live without an eye, for instance, but not without a stomach. When it’s a part of your own body you are concerned with, it makes no difference whether the part is visible or clothed, higher or lower. You give it dignity and honor just as it is, without comparisons. If anything, you have more concern for the lower parts than the higher.
Any one part of the body isn’t meant to function alone. Even something as vital as a heart can’t survive without lungs, arteries, and veins and so on. God intended for us to be more than dependent or even independent. He designed His church to be interdependent—giving and receiving. So if you’ve been out there doing your own thing and thinking that’s good enough, the bad news is your spiritual life is about as healthy as a kidney laying on the sidewalk. The good news is you have a chance to get off the sidewalk and get back in the body. Come back to church. Give to God’s people, and receive that life that He brings you through them.
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