Is It Possible to Have a Strong Relationship with God Without Going to Church?
Written by T.M. Gaouette | September 12, 2015
Ladies, as Christians, we are all a part of a church. We are the spiritual church. But in establishing us as a church, Jesus also founded a physical church where His flock could come together and praise God. Church plays a fundamental role in our Christian faith.
In the Book of Acts, we read about how the Apostles went out and established churches in all nations, as Jesus instructed in Matthew, chapter 28.
And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe. (Acts 14:23)
Jesus also spent much of His time in church and referred to it as “My Father’s House.”
But is going to church even necessary to being a Christian? And is it even possible for us to have a strong relationship with God without going to church?
Well, let’s consider the following benefits of attending a church.
- Worship. Christian churches vary in their methods of worship. But whether your church is loud or soft, sings hymns or contemporary music, offers sacraments weekly or monthly, it’s irrelevant if you are not genuine in worship. In John 4:23, Jesus tells us, “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him.”
- Guidance. Church leads us in our faith. It guides our way through God’s Word. We need that guidance and leadership or we can get lost in our journey.
- Support. When times are hard and we are experiencing suffering, the church offers its support. Whether though our friends or pastor, or even other members who we may not even know, we are afforded an amazing fellowship through church.
- Service. All Christians were made to love God, and in loving God, we are called to love others. We show our Christianity in this love. These are the good fruits that God created us to do, and church provides us the opportunity to show love to Him and others by serving those in need.
Attending church is definitely necessary in building a stronger relationship with God because He designed it to be life-giving. He knew that we would need church to help guide and support us in our faith.
Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with a great church. Sometimes, the closest church is just too far away or maybe there just isn’t one around. Consider those in countries who have given themselves to Jesus, but there is no church for them to actually attend. Does that mean that they don’t have a strong relationship with the Lord? Not necessarily.
Just as someone who does attend church may not have a strong relationship with God, someone may have one without even attending church. Why? Because church doesn’t make us strong Christians, it helps us. We have to be strong in our devotion to God before church can help strengthen it. We have to worship in “truth and spirit.”
So, while it is possible to have a strong relationship with God without going to church, Christians are likely to have a stronger relationship when we are active and serving in a church. But both scenarios are only likely if we have a desire to know, love and serve God. If we’re not on fire for the Lord and if we’re just going through the motions in our faith, then church is just a “thing we have to do.” But as Christians, church should play a huge part in our faith because it is supposed to strengthen our relationship with God, but only if we let it.
Ladies, are you part of a church? Do you find that it helps you strengthen your relationship with Christ?