Every Sunday many people go to church while others are sleeping or engaged in other weekend activities. Since our weekends are limited, should we spend part of it in church?
"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:23-25
I love what Billy Graham says: "Being in church no more makes you a Christian than being in a garage makes you a car." So, the answer is, "No," you do not have to go to church to be a Christian, but attending church serves a purpose to help us to grow in our faith:
(1) It is an Expression of our Love for God
(2) It builds up our Spiritual Strength
(3) It brings a special visitation of the Lord's Presence (4) It provides fellowship with other Christians (5) It is an act of obedience to God (6) It provides accountability to spiritual leadership
Yes, you can worship God out on the lake, or on the golf course. But doing so only takes from the creation of God. We miss out on the encouragement of others and we miss out on being encouraged. While you do not have to be in church to be a Christian, it is certainly the place where you are needed and where the committed Christian wants to be.
Go to Church to get closer with GOD and HIs people!!!