Have you ever heard someone say they are a Christian but they just don’t feel the need to go to church; their relationship is just between them and God? It is possible to be a Christian and not go to church, but in doing so you are walking alone a walk that God created you to walk with others. There are so many benefits to being part of a Christian community. For starters it is a way for us to gather with other believers to worship the Lord, the One who created us and loves us. When believers gather to worship God, He shows up and we are able to experience His presence.
“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”
It is within the body of Christ that we are to use our spiritual gifts. Without being in a fellowship of believers, how can we be doing our part?
1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
God knew we would face challenges, James talks about “trials of many kinds” and He doesn’t want us to go it alone. He wants us to turn to Him and to have the fellowship of others who may have experienced the same kinds of difficulties and can help comfort us.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
Another important reason to be part of a fellowship is so that you can be encouraged and encourage others. Walking this walk is hard, we all go through difficult times and it is the love, support and encouragement from other believers that can help us get through tough times.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
I know there are a lot of people who have been hurt by churches or more specifically by people in the church. Churches are made up of people and, as people, are all broken and imperfect. We are so broken that we need a Savior. If you have been wounded or hurt by someone in the body of Christ, don’t allow that to keep you out of the body. Churches would be perfect if it weren’t for the people, because people are far from perfect. I want to encourage each of you today to be part of a Christian fellowship. Find a church, attend and get involved. Christian fellowship is more than just merely sitting in a pew on a Sunday morning, it is about connecting with other believers. You can be a Christian on your own, but you can’t experience all God has for you on your own!