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Do you have to attend church to be a Christian?

Updated on November 19, 2008

Christianity va Church Attendance

As you will discover in the Bible, very little is mentioned concerning church attendance. One of the reasons for this is that there were no churches to attend. Christianity was new, and no churches as we have today, had been organized.

While church attendance is not required for a person to become a Christian, you  want to be in a public place of worship for the purpose of adding spiritual strength to your life and to mature your Christian growth. In the book of 1 John, chapter 1, verse 7 you can read about this advantage of attending church. This same concept of meeting together can also be read in Romans chapter 16, verse 5. Attending a church is also a place for at least three things: an opportunity for worship, education, and fellowship with other Christians.

Here is a quick story of illustrate why you should join in a church service and /or fellowship: take a lump of hot coal from a fire and put it by itself and it will soon burn out. It's gets it's strength from being near other lumps of coal.


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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      This reads loud and clear as relocating my spirit was always thirsty and then I found a home church. However with weather coming that I have never driven in, I think the closest I may get to my church is televison. But truly I understand. God Bless:)

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 9 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      GREAT HUB!!!! My friend! I agree with Wehzo! The Bible clearly tells us to not forsake the assembling of the brothers! And ohohdon I am strengthened when I attend as well! In my participations and studies of the Bible I have came to the conclusion as well that we are the Church. And when we leave the church services we should become the church doing the will of God and good works! Praise God!!!

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      ohohdon 10 years ago from Yakima

      I know that in my personal walk with Jesus Christ, church attendance is not optional. I am strengthened when I actively participate in church services. My relationship with Jesus Christ suffers when I chose to stay at home on Sunday.

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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 10 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Great hub Mr. Ray P. Burriss. Fellowshipping is not an option for Christians. The Bible clearly tells us not to forsake the assembling of the brothers, that include sisters. Thank you for sharing that with us.