Disclaimer: About This Blog

THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
THIS BLOG IS NOT: intended to point fingers at people who I think are wrong.
I do not believe the final judgement will be based on how many correct answers we get on a theology exam. I believe many people throughout history have had genuine relationships with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, despite holding questionable beliefs and practices. I make no claim to having it all figured out or being your judge. If we end up disagreeing over these topics I pray we can find a way to demonstrate grace.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Why I need church

I do need church... and by church I mean the people. I need fellowship, encouragement, correction, care, prayer, etc... and a place where I can give the same in return.

If by church you mean the Sunday morning gathering... I have been rethinking my dependence on it.

I can get teaching/preaching through other sources. Recent technology like videos, blogs, and books can bring teaching into my home. With earlier generations the average believer would not have had access to most of the teaching resources that are available to us now. And yes, included in this is even our own copies of the Bible in our own language. Today we are very fortunate to have all these resources available. There are many great teachers who speak into my life on a regular basis.

Another big aspect of the Sunday morning gathering is worship. And I do love worship (if that makes sense). If worship is loving God, then I love loving God. However I believe worship should be my life 24/7 (Romans 12:1-2). Yes, music with a focus on God during personal alone time as well as during large group singing does help. I do love loving God. It's all good.

The Sunday morning gathering is not a bad thing. For many it may be a very important thing. I don't want to discourage anyone from going. If it's bringing you closer to God, and connecting with other believers... then I encourage you to go.

I am simply recognizing the aspect of church I can't live without is the people. The fellowship and community part of Christ's church I can't find without gathering face to face with other believers. I can't fellowship on my own... (duh?) So yes, I need church. I need to be part of a family of believers. I need fellowship. I need to walk side by side with other believers who are following my Lord.

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Lysa said...

well said!

Eric said...


I've been thinking along exactly these same lines lately. The people, as opposed to the scheduled Sunday service, are the key. Good post!

Jonathan said...

Thanks Eric and Lysa for the encouraging comments.