Do we really have to go to church?
The church is beneficial and necessary in a Christians life. The purpose of the church is to teach sound biblical doctrine, be a place of prayer, be central to fellowship for believers and a place to participate in the Lord's supper. It is important to remember that no matter how religious you may be or your dedication to helping your local church, these things do not make you a Christian. A Christian is someone who has been forgiven from their sins and is in a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Having said this attending church, learning about the Bible and being apart of the fellowship is vital for the growth of a Christian.
When we think of church, we think of a traditional building with pretty stained glass windows. If you want to get a biblical answer to the question it is helpful to look deeper into what the Church really is. For a moment forget about the building, singing and hymn books and focus on Jesus. The church is the body of Christ. We see this in 1 Corinthians 12:27, "Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it." All believers are part of the worldwide church of Jesus Christ. Not the physical church but the spiritual family. If you are a Christian you are apart of Gods worldwide family; The Church. Of course, God in his understanding realised that we need fellowship, encouragement, support and teaching hence our local churches.
To begin with, the reason we go to Church is that Sunday is the sabbath day. We see this in Exodus 20:8, "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy." It is important that we surround ourselves with Christians on the sabbath day. Deuteronomy 5:14 discusses the truth that Sunday is a day we set aside to glorify God “but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it, you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do.” The seventh day is the day God rested after creating the world. It’s a sacred day, a day to celebrate and worship our Father specifically. It’s so important that we have fellowship on this day, praying together, learning together and praising together.