"ANTI-DEVO" - Day 3 - Don't need to go to church

I think all too often it's quite clear that we almost equate going to church with being a Christian. I have to say, biblically it's not the same thing at all. We don't need to go to church. 

While at face value this may seem wrong or even offensive, let's look at the strongest support for weekly attendance:

"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 10:25 ESV)

It says "habit of some"- not requirement or duty. Weekly attendance at a local church building doesn't make you any more of a Christian than attending a professional sporting event makes you a professional athlete. 

I am not saying we shouldn't "go to church" but I am saying we are using the term a lot differently than the way the Bible uses it. The Bible describes the Church as the actually Body of Jesus, the collective group of all followers working together and functioning as one to bring His Kingdom to earth. 

We don't need to go to church, and I might argue when we just attend out of a sense of requirement, we might be hurting ourselves. Why? Because if we  think "we are doing the right thing" yet we aren't functioning as an active part of the Body; we aren't doing what we are designed for. 

Read Ephesians 4:11-16 and 1 Cor 12:4-7,11-12.

We all have a place, a function and a purpose, it's not the job of just the pastor. We do not need to go to church, but we might want to, to connect with others on the same journey with the same mission. So let's start functioning like a real and active part of the Body.

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