Nowhere in the Bible does it say we must have our names on a church membership roll to be saved. That doesn’t mean, however, that joining with other believers in a local church is not vital to our spiritual growth. Gathering regularly for worship and instruction encourages love for others, good works, and mutual accountability (Hebrews 10:24, 25).
I read an article some time ago that likened the Christian without a church to:
- A student who won’t go to school
- A soldier without an army
- A citizen who won’t vote
- A seaman without a ship
- A child without a family
- A drummer without a band
- A ballplayer without a team
- A honeybee without a hive
- A scientist who does not share his findings with his colleagues
If you’ve been neglecting one of God’s greatest provisions for your spiritual growth, find a church that believes and teaches God’s Word and start attending faithfully. Don’t be a churchless Christian – get involved. – Richard W. De Haan
I love Thy church, O God!
I prize her heavenly ways –
Her sweet communion, solemn vows,
Her hymns of love and praise. – Dwight
Seven days without church makes one weak.
- March 3, 1991, Our Daily Bread