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What is the purpose of the church? Do I really need the church?

Acts 2:47And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

The church is a gathering place for those who are saved by faith in Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? . . . For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

The church is not the physical building, but the believers who gather inside it. Together, with other Christians, you learn how, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to truly change for good and influence others because of your changed life.

Revelation 19:7-8“Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”

The church is Christ’s bride—a picture of the intimate fellowship that God’s people will enjoy with him.

Ephesians 1:22-23God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.

God does so much of his work in the world through the church. It is where the people of God are equipped with the resurrection power of Jesus Christ to be his representatives to the world! When you come together with this vision, you can have confidence that God will be at work and you can, with his help, do more than you could ever imagine.

Hebrews 10:25And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Acts 12:5But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him.

A community of believers not only provides an organized means of preaching and teaching God’s Word, but also provides a chance to regularly get together with other believers to strengthen, encourage and build each other up, pray for each other, hold each other accountable, and meet each other’s needs. God promises to join you whenever you meet together.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.

All believers together form God’s family, but only by meeting together can you bond and form true community. The church is a place where Christians learn to work together in unity, and where the differences between people are reconciled by the Holy Spirit. When you meet together, you can build each other up and help each other.