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Do Christians Need To Go To Church?

You may have met a Christian who didn’t go to church. “Inconceivable!” you thought. After all, how can someone be a Christian and not go to church? It would be like having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with no peanut butter. I believe the Bible refers to that as blasphemy. Oh wait… The Bible doesn’t talk about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Anyways, we wanted to answer the oft-asked question about whether Christians needed to go to church or not.


Shawn Bain

I find fellowship with believers a great way to grow your faith.
As Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
We should be working together to lift each other up and help others come to Christ. Doing so in a church setting is one of the greatest ways to achieve that.
The church is called the Body of Christ in Scripture (1 Corinthians 12:27). I really don’t think that God’s Word would put that much importance on something if it wasn’t a key part of our walk with Him. What we have identified as a church for several centuries (four walls, a steeple, a pulpit, etc.) is beginning to change a little bit for some people, though.
Several groups have begun meeting in each other’s homes or at coffee shops with devotionals or their Bibles to study with. These meetings can also allow us to encourage each other and draw closer to Christ. We have to remember, though, that we are called to give to the community and help the hurting (1 John 3:17), and as long as the group is doing that, together or individually, I don’t really have an argument against you.
The church as it has been for centuries has stayed that way for a big reason; it works! You have a building to have services in, someone who has studied Scripture to give an understanding of it, and fellowship and servitude with brothers and sisters in Christ. I don’t think our generation is so different from past generations that we need to destroy the way that it has functioned for so long, but I’m also sure that people have met outside of church walls for a long time as well.
The important part is that we are working together to grow in Christ. We should do this together, but it is also important to have time to fellowship with God on our own. You shouldn’t only be getting fed spiritually from one place. God gave us prayer, the church, Scripture, communion, and a number of other ways to connect with Him. We need to be sure to seek God on our own as well as together in many ways.
So does a Christian need to go to church? I can’t speak for everyone, but I think history has shown that we have benefited from it. I know, personally, I come out of church feeling like I have gotten closer to God. It’s hard for me to do so without having other believers to grow and learn with. Sometimes what I have understood from Scripture has been completely different than what someone else in my church community has thought, and after talking it out with them, I’ve changed my opinion a time or two and the same can be said vice versa.
If you haven’t tried attending church, I think it would be in your benefit to give it a go. Try a few churches from different denominations too. You never know which church community is a good fit for you until you attend a few weeks. Other than a few hours on your Sunday, you don’t have much to lose, but you have the opportunity to gain so much.


Michael Morejon

This is a personal topic for me since I have actually been on both sides of the fence. Let me share my short story so you can see where I am coming from and I can give you a clearer answer.
At one point, I didn’t attend the church I had been going to (currently the largest church in all of Miami, FL) and serving in for about ten years because I saw too much abuse and manipulation in the leadership. So called “brother/sisters in Christ” decided to gossip about my wife and I because they didn’t like us being together. This was not just silly gossip, but literally spreading rumors about us without our knowledge and pretending they were very holy in doing so. We decided not to be a part of any bible studies, evangelism, or discipleship until we prayed and figured out what God wanted us to do.
As days turned to weeks, then months, we felt more at peace not being part of that church and instead seeking God daily in our personal lives. I knew that God was leading us to go to another place, but I personally don’t agree with “church hopping,” so we continued to pray and visited only one other church a few times.
A friend of ours was attending a small church (like 30-50 people) and I was invited to their men’s bible study. I honestly had never attended one so I was looking forward to it, and after going several times I shared my heart with the pastor. He and the other guys prayed for the right decision to be made, and after hanging out and spending time with their church community we stayed. We chose to stay not because they were nice, but because their vision and goals were what we were looking for.
If your story is similar to mine, or you don’t relate to it at all, that’s ok. The point of the story is that as Christians, we need to be around a community of believers that can lift our hands when we can’t anymore. We need to hear a message that will challenge us and not make us feel comfortable. Christians need to know that they aren’t alone in their struggles, because the Devil loves to isolate and make us feel that we are the “only ones” going through this and that.
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13
Christianity is about community and relationships. You cannot pull one verse from the New Testament that shows Jesus going off on His own except in prayer. He is always around His disciples (unless they abandoned Him one way or another), or after the Resurrection you find Apostle Paul always mentioning in his letters how he goes to visit the churches he planted. Even Apostle Peter whose own shadow healed the sick never stopped communing with the other disciples.
“For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord.” – Romans 1:11
“But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:7
Should a Christian belong to a church, or at the very least some form of Bible study/cell group? Yes, of course. There is no such thing as a lone wolf Christian, which is exactly what the Devil would want you to do. When you’re alone, you have nobody to correct you or guide you. Even if you’re reading Christian books or listening to podcasts online, it’s not enough because that preacher is not looking at your business and telling you what you need to fix.
It’s easy for us to pretend that we have it all together, but a spiritual authority can point out areas in your life that are in darkness and need exposure. Maybe you’re dealing with some kind of sinful habit, or you aren’t treating your loved ones correctly. Whatever it is make sure you’re plugged into your local church community and get involved with what God is doing. It is rewarding, biblical, and what God has always setup as ideal for His people.
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The Power Of A Simple Prayer – Day 3

Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have music that may or may not apply to the devotional. We can all love new music being introduced to us.
This devotional is titled “The Power Of A Simple Prayer”. It is 5 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.


Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.”
Isaiah 55:7 “let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”
1 Peter 1:18-19 “knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”


Take Your Sins to Christ
When we pray, most of us are able to take our problems to Christ, but what about our sin?
The prophet Isaiah wrote, “The Lord has put on him the punishment for all the
evil we have done” (53:6 NCV). Isaiah did not know the name of God’s sin bearer.
But we do. Jesus Christ. He came to “put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Heb. 9:26). He “was offered once to bear the sins of many” (v. 28).
If you are in Christ, your sin is gone. It was last seen on the back of your Sin Bearer as he headed out to Death Valley. When Jesus cried on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46 NIV), he entered the wilderness on your behalf. He carried your sin away.
Jesus did his part. Now do yours.
Give God your guilt. Pray the Pocket Prayer. Father, you are good. I need help. Forgive me . . . Tell Jesus what you did. Place your guilt on the back of your Sin Bearer. Give it to Jesus with this request: “Will you take this away?” Do this as often as needed. One time, two times, ten times a day? By all means! Hold nothing back. No sin is too ancient or recent, too evil or insignificant. Be abundant in your confession, and . . .
Be concrete in your confession. Go into as much detail as you can. You’re tempted to say, Lord, forgive me. I am a louse. But that doesn’t work. For one thing you are not a louse; you are God’s chosen child, and he loves you. For another, healing happens when the wound is exposed to the atmosphere of grace.
Exactly what is it that you need forgiveness for? For being a bad person? That is too general. For losing your patience in the business meeting and calling your coworker a creep? There, you can confess that.
Confession, you see, is not a punishment for sin; it is an isolation of sin so it can be exposed and extracted.


I want to take a closer look at Isaiah 55:7. Well actually, Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways declares the Lord”. I find this very interesting since when would of man devised sending one God’s son to the cross to pay for everyone’s sins? That doesn’t sound like us at all. In fact, reading the Old Testament should definitely show you that. We stoned people for screwing up. Forgiveness was not at the forefront of our minds. Ever have a great idea that came out of nowhere? You may need to give credit to the big man upstairs. His thoughts are not our thoughts. He thinks bigger and on a grander scale than we ever could. He can also look at the tiniest detail and see how it affects everything. What is even better is that Isaiah is Old Testament.
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As Ferguson is in turmoil it needs your prayers. Also in the news today, we talk about Kari Jobe getting married, Billy Graham not being dead, and Rob Bell’s newest show.

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How to Pray With Power And Get Results

As a Christian, one of the topics that I see other believers often struggle with is prayer.  Let me start this article by stating a few things. I’m not an “expert” in prayer, but I do pray regularly and I can share with you what I’ve learned, read, experienced and seen that works.  Also, the Bible is my reference source, so I apologize if you “heard” something from someone or somewhere that isn’t stated here.  My basis is God’s word, though I will use information from books that I’ve read that are relevant to the scriptures.

Praying with Power


Many times we knock on Heaven’s door, asking for answers or understanding, yet we feel that God is silent.  Often, we feel like the person in Luke 11 that Christ taught on after He explained to His disciples how to pray the Lord’s prayer:

Luke 11: 5-10

Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him,‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.
“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
In this verse, Christ is showing that sometimes when we pray, we don’t get an answer right away.  Prayer is actually something we have to continually do, persistently.  There’s actually an entire book (I haven’t read it, but the author I recommend) about persistent prayer!  We have to keep seeking His face for our answer until we get it.  Maybe you’ve been believing for a miracle of healing, or a financial need, God is listening, but most of the time you have to keep hitting that door till it opens.  We give up too easily because we prayed a little 10 second prayer on our way out the house, but that’s not enough.  Not even life functions that way in the natural, what makes anyone think it’s easier in the supernatural realm of God?  I’m not trying to tell you either that if a prayer doesn’t come to pass to blame God.  All I can give you are biblical principles.  There are a million reasons why situations in life don’t turn out the way we want, even after prayer, but that’s for another post.
Practical Ways To Get Results
I’ve been in prayer/intercession meetings where people pray all night long, or for over an hour on the same topic with fire and passion.  I’ve seen hundreds of youth on their knees crying out for revival here in Miami, seeking God’s face for their family, city and friends to be transformed.  I’ve seen young adults come to the altar with loaded guns, prostitutes with their work clothes in a bag, weed, condoms and much more and have left them there, walking away from that lifestyle.  Do you know what convicted them?  Many times, they would say “Someone was always praying for me, asking me to come to church, or talking to me about God”, they finally gave in and rejected their sinful lifestyle.  I’ve never seen or read a testimony that went something like “this guy told me ‘Jesus loves you’ while I was walking, and that was it, I gave my life to Christ and stopped living in sin”.
Do I have all the answers?  Nope.  Do I understand God 100%?  Not even close.  Does life always make sense, even when your doing all you know how to live a sinless, holy life before Christ?  Nope.  
Let me list you some tips that I myself have found to work when it comes to seeing results in my prayer/personal life:
  • If you pray in tongues (Holy Spirit prayer) then pray in tongues.
  • Use worship music.  Some of my personal favorites are Hillsong, Bethel Music, Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, Will Reagan and others.
  • Be specific in what your praying for.  Too many times I see people say something like, “I’m going through a tough time, please pray for me”.  Huh?  When Christ prayed, He was specific and on point.  Learn to be open with God, share everything with Him.
  • Open your mouth.  Don’t do the silent, quiet prayer thing.  Be vocal, be real.  Don’t be afraid and shy!
  • Share with other believers what you need prayer for.  Get together with some believers and pray together.  God is present when more than one person is connected and in agreement (Matthew 18:20).
  • Books I’ve read and can recommend on prayer:  Walking In The Supernatural Power of God / Power of Prayer Devotional / Prayer Changes Things

Was this post helpful?  What did you find most important or impacted the most by?  What prayers has God answered for you lately?

I would like the opportunity to pray for you, so please share below in the comments what we as a community can pray for.  If it’s too personal, you can e-mail me or just leave out some details.  God bless!  Thanks for reading.