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Does the Bible say Christians have to attend church?

 Paul writes, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). 

Clarify Share Report Asked February 15 2022 Mini Anonymous

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
The passage that comes most readily to my mind with regard to this question is Hebrews 10:24-25, in which the writer 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 [that is, the time of Christ's return] approaching."

For the Christian, corporate worship should not be considered a burden, but a welcome opportunity to gather with like-minded people for the purpose of mutual encouragement and sharing/assistance with regard to individual problems and burdens, as well as joys.

As the verses of the hymn "Blest Be the Ties that Bind" put it:

Blest be the ties that bind
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

Before our Father’s throne,
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,
Our comforts, and our cares.

We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

February 16 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Patricia Robinson
Shalom! You are the church. However, scriptures do warn us to assemble together. The early church of Christ assembled together, daily.

May 15 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Donna Williams
I believe that this question is referring to the physical edifice where the people of God assemble themselves together in worship and to be edified by the Word of God.

We are the ekklesia, or the called out ones; in other words, we are the body of Christ. In the book of Acts, the new converts went from house to house to fellowship with one another, and they also gathered in the temple. (Acts 2:40-47) So it is evident that we are to do both! 

In short, it is God's intention that we fellowship one with another, for the purpose of encouraging one another, until the return of Jesus Christ! Hebrews 10:25.

July 01 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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