Contrary to the popular knowledge of a building where a group of believers gather to pray being a church, the church is actually the people who believe in Jesus Christ as Saviour, and in his death, burial and resurrection. Every Christian is a part of the church of Christ. So whether or not a group of believers have a building dedicated basically for their meetings or not, they are the church of God. If you are part of the body of Christ, you are part of the church.
It’s not rare to find people thinking, ‘Why do I have to join a church? I could simply stay at home and study my Bible myself. After all, we all have personal relationships with God.’ While it is true that every individual who is a part of the church has fellowship with God personally, the Bible teaches us to also have fellowship with one another – Hebrews 10:25-36.
God did not create the church to thrive on individualism. The church is a body and every believer, a part of that body. The only way a body can function or exist is when each part of it comes together and works in sync with others. This is seen in how spiritual gifts are given to the church.
‘And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.’ – Ephesians 4:12
The gifts of the Holy Spirit which are listed in 1 Corinthians 12 also show that the church cannot thrive if there is no fellowship. No one individual has all these gifts which are needed if the church will be edified. Different people have different gifts as given to them by the Holy Spirit and the only way these gifts can be fruitful is when they are used as intended by God – in a congregation of believers.
Besides, it only makes sense to be with people who share the same beliefs as you; people with whom you can rub renewed minds, people who can encourage you and with whom with you can worship the Father. Of course, opinions may differ from time to time, but at such times, the Bible should be referred to.
Why avoid a congregation of believers like you if you are going to spend eternity with them anyway? The bottom line is this: if you are serious about your spiritual growth, you will join a church.