The Bible is Clear -- Go to Church!

The Bible is Clear—Go to Church!

I posted a comment on twitter the other day… “Christian believers around the world risk their very lives to go to church. And we sit at home why? Ask yourself this question "Why would believers risk their lives to go to church and I have no problem with sitting at home on Sundays?" U may not get the answer you want!” After some brief discussion over this tweet, I become convicted that I should be more specific regarding this statement.

First let me begin this with a disclaimer. This is not so much a soteriological issue than an ecclesiastical one. Both of which are clear Biblical doctrines. Yes, Salvation is not dependent upon your church attendance. You are saved by Grace by Faith in Jesus Christ alone not by works. God made it this way because, any other way would put us up front instead of God. God made it this way so that no one can boast! (Eph. 2:8)

Eph. 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Salvation is God’s reckless gift of Grace to sinful humanity and it can only be attained by our complete surrender in humble repentance. Salvation comes from the heart of cry of the sinner crying out to a Compassionate and Graceful God to save. When the sinner confessing his sin making Jesus his Lord, and believing that he was raised from the dead, The Bible says, he will be saved! (Rom. 10:9-10)

Rom. 10:9-10 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

This is what it takes to be saved… Period! So, with that said let me move to my major point. If you are saved then you should believe the Bible is the perfect inerrant and infallible revelation of God to humanity. It should be our desire as a redeemed people to know God’s revealed will for our lives. We get this by studying the Bible and to the best of our ability and by the power of the Holy Spirit obeying it.

I am arguing the point that if you are a Christian then you will do what the Bible says! How do I know this? Because Jesus said it. By the way if you want to check my biblical knowledge here just understand that I believe Jesus to be the 2nd person of the one Triune God! That when Jesus speaks he speaks with the authority of God because he is God. Jesus is also the Word of God. John makes this abundantly clear in the first sentence of his Gospel. (John 1:1)

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

So, when Jesus says something, or even better yet, when you read anything in the Bible you can basically understand every word be the embodiment of Jesus Christ himself. As Christians we are mandated to do what the Word of God says. If we do not, and you practice such sin as a way of life, you might even question the validity of your own salvation. This is what Paul meant when he said that you should work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. My point is this. Jesus said, “If you love me then you will do what I say.” (John 14:15)

John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

There are many other text that support these very words of Jesus. 1 John 5:2, 1 Peter 4:17, Heb. 5:9, 1 Thes. 1:8, 2 Thes. 3:14, Phil. 2:12, Gal. 5:7, 2 Cor. 10:5, Rom. 6:16. The list just keeps going and going. I shouldn’t really have to explain the gravity of our eternal destination when it comes to obeying the Gospel of Christ. As redeemed people, it is necessary to be obedient. Not because obedience saves but because of our salvation we are compelled by the greatness of grace to be obedient in our works. Let’s go back to that Eph. 2 text.

Eph. 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

But notice the very next verse…

Eph. 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Why would I argue such a point regarding church attendance? Because attending church is a fundamental part of being his workmanship. You are a special tool that God created to do something very specific in the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This he has prepared for you before the foundations of the earth were ever created. It is so very important that we should WALK IN THEM.

Now some may argue that doesn’t mean attending church. Well, I am saying that according to the Bible that they are wrong. The Bible clearly indicates that the “church” is where the believer goes to be “equipped” for this great work that we should all walk in! The Church is the place in which God established so that the gates of hell would not prevail against it! It is the church where the believer goes to participate in the great fellowship of his bride. You cannot love Jesus and obey his commands and forsake the place in which he has called you to go and be equipped for his great work.

Let me show you some of scripture, just so you understand…

Eph. 4:11-12 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ

These men called by God are to preach to the saints so that they can be equipped “for the work of the ministry.” This is so the body of Christ can be built up. This all happens at church! This is the primary place to come for such equipping. This cannot happen on TV, the internet, youtube, podcasts. This is the place in which you go so that you can be equipped to fulfill your calling as a Christian. The Acts testimony is full of biblical evidence of Christ building his church. Those of you who think you can be a Christian and not attend church should ask yourself this question. “Can it be ok for me not to go to church when church was so important in the bible?” Let me elaborate. Most of the New Testament was written to the church. Just open the index of your Bible and look. Romans, 1 Corinthians & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians & 2 Thessalonians, Revelation. All these letters were written to churches. In the Pastorals, Paul is writing to his beloved sons’ in the ministry about the churches they are overseers of. In Revelation, we see specifically, Jesus telling John to write 7 letters and to address these letters to CHURCHES. You can not read the bible and miss this. Jesus Christ built the church and loves the church and calls us to the church!

Some argue that “We are the church.” And they are correct. The body of Christ, universally is the Bride of Christ, the church as one body. But the ecclesia is the PLACE in which the Body goes to be equipped to be the body of Christ. And if none of this convinces you going to Church is a biblical mandate let me show you exactly.

Heb. 10:23-25 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 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.

The writer of Hebrews is specifically commanding us to “not neglecting to meet together.” This is an imperative statement. He is very deliberately speaking about the church. So much so that he even admonishes those who have made this such a “habit.” The Greek could be translated as “do not desert or abandon the meeting together as some of you are habitually doing.” This is the fellowship of the church. Can you be saved and not attend church? Yes. Can you be God’s workmanship called to good works, obeying the commands of Christ, and not come to church? No! Because the Bible is clear. Jesus is clear. Our hearts should be clear.

Church is not a bad thing. Yes, it can be hard. It can be difficult. People are flawed. And flawed people fill a church which makes the church flawed. It has been said, “If you find the perfect church, turn around and leave! Because you will just mess it up!” The Church is a place of fellowship where like minded people of faith come together and worship a great great God! It is the Church were we come together to be equipped for the work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the Church where we form a supernatural community. People from all walks of life coming together for one common purpose. This is the Church and all Christians should find one and commit to serving the Kingdom of God through a Church.


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