"Why Attend Church?"
We fulfill our destiny in Christ, in large part, by discovering our place in God’s Kingdom and Christ’s Church. Thus far our destiny is one big “theory.” We realize God has a wonderful plan for us. We know He has called us and gifted us to carry out His/our purpose for His glory and our happiness in Him. We know as we walk daily with Christ His plan continually unfolds before us. So how exactly does that work?
Through the church we begin to “live out” that God-life with our brothers and sisters in Christ. The church is sometimes called “The visible manifestation of God’s invisible Kingdom.” To use words less “churchy,” it is “God revealing Himself to the world through His people.”
Here is the process. We are born with inherent strengths, abilities, and a unique personality. When a Christian surrenders his/her life to God he/she is also called to live a new life devoted to God. We are “new creations” in Christ. The old has passed away and all things have become new! Furthermore, we are enrolled in the righteous army of the Lord to advance God’s kingdom of love, peace, and joy throughout the world. God has established His kingdom so that each individual member or part works and loves together to form one dynamic “body of Christ” (like the human body). God gives each member (or body part) of the church special “spiritual gifts” in order to most effectively carry out His mission together as one.
The question is always asked, “Can someone be a Christian if he/she does not attend church?” There is, in fact, a simple answer. Let me initially respond with another question, “What makes someone ‘a Christian?’” When we, by faith, accept the free grace and forgiveness of God through Jesus Christ, we are “born again” into a new life. Faith in Christ makes us Christians, not church attendance.
Nevertheless, when we enthusiastically receive Christ into our hearts we become members of the family of God. We now have brothers and sisters all united as one (called the church) under the Lordship of our Savior. Again, let me repeat, we have a family! Families live together and love together and move forward together.
So, to return to the initial question, “Can someone be a Christian if he/she does not attend church?” The answer is “Yes, they can be…but…but a Christian will want to attend church.” Due to the resurrected “God nature” within them and the indwelling presence of God Himself through the Holy Spirit, we will desire Christian fellowship. We will want to be surrounded by others who worship the same Lord. We will want to advance God’s Kingdom with fellow like-minded believers.