Myth #3: “I Don’t Need the Church to Worship God” - 5 Myths That Keep Us From Church

Myth #3: “I Don’t Need the Church to Worship God”

“I feel closer to God when I take a walk in the woods than sitting in a church service.”

“My spiritual life is a personal thing; I don’t need other people around me to worship God.”

“Church services feel empty and boring to me; I’d rather go to brunch.”

Maybe you’ve heard people say things like this to justify their lack of church attendance. Maybe you have said or thought things like this yourself. And, yes, there is a kernel of truth in each of these sentiments.

Indeed, we can experience God in a deeply personal way by taking a walk in the woods or watching a sunset over the ocean.

Yes, our spiritual lives are very personal, and spiritual growth can be pursued without others.

Yes, many of us have had less than inspiring experiences in church.

But according to the New Testament, God has designed us—and his church—for something far greater and far more beautiful than a walk on the beach or a relaxing brunch! In 1 Corinthians 12:27 (NLT), Paul says, “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” Paul is saying that we don’t go to church; we are the church. We are part of how Jesus manifests himself in the world.

Likewise, in Ephesians 2:19-22 (NLT), Paul states:

So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.

Paul uses the imagery of families and houses to describe the church. The house God is building in the world is the church, and we, by faith, are the family (the household) that dwells in that house.

Finally, in the subsequent chapter, Paul continues by saying, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen” (3:20-21, NLT).

Yes, the glory of God is reflected in a sunset or a glassy mountain lake. Yes, sometimes it can seem like the hour or two we spend in church every week might be better used in other ways. But notice what the apostle Paul sees in the church! He sees the power of Christ that can do more than we could ever imagine; he sees the glory of Christ, and he sees this power and this glory passed from generation to generation and into eternity.

Ask God to help you see your church the way he sees it!

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