Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching
I have met quite a number of Christians who believe that they do not need to attend a local church. Their arguments may seem logical to the average mind; ‘Why can’t I just read my bible and pray to my God at home, after all, God is everywhere,’ they say.
However, this is inconsistent with the Bible. We see no example of such in the early church. In fact, we see the direct opposite. Acts 2: 41 says: “Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day–about 3,000 in all.” (NLT)
We see something similar in Acts 2:47: “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” We see the same scenario in Acts 4: 4: “But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.”
Baptism into Christ is Baptism into his body. You are now part of a family with which you must fellowship physically. Paul himself seems to insinuate that faith in Jesus must be accompanied by love for the saints. We see this time and time again in Philemon 1:5, Colossians 1:15, Ephesians 1: 1, Ephesians 1:15. So, stop disobeying God’s word.
DO THIS: Join a good local assembly today. To find out how to recognize one, check out tomorrow’s article. If you already belong to a good local church, get involved in the work of the ministry there.