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    Is It Possible to Have a Strong Relationship with God Without Going to Church?

    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.

    1. 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.”
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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?

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    T.M. Gaouettehttp://www.tmgaouette.com
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit tmgaouette.com for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on www.facebook.com/TMGaouette and https://twitter.com/TMGaouette .

    6 COMMENTS

    1. REALLY apprecirate this article! ^.^ I haven’t gone to Church in about two months & even before that break, I’ve went months without going. My Grandmother can be very religious, and sometimes she acts like I’m a heathen for not going when she does, and it’s not like I hate it or anything! Every time I go to Church, I enjoy my time there. I don’t understand why I don’t go now, but it’s always a big boost of encouragement in my walk w/ God when I do go. My Grandma can make me feel like God is going to be angry/disappointed in me for not going sometimes tho, which made me question how strong my relationship w/ him truly is. But in all honesty, I feel like my relationship w/ him is the strongest it’s ever been! I mean, sure, there’s some things that I need to work on – Talking to him more, worshiping more, etc. The point is – I feel God’s love. I feel comfortable with where we are and of course, I’ll always have hope& faith to make our relationship stronger. As much as I love Church, I don’t want to feel terrible for not going or watching services live online. Besides, sitting on a pew every week doesn’t make you a Christian. So how can NOT going to Church make you a heathen?

    2. I really like how this article explains that the Church isn’t needed to necessarily be a Christian or become one. But I agree with the fact that if you are a Christian, you should want to be a part of a church. I feel you need to find the right one for you. Churches are often criticized as being exclusive and judgmental, but we can change that. We need to portray and live out the way churches really should be looked as. I pray that Christians will understand that churches are simply used to be there for non-believers and current believers. God loves everyone and we should accept everyone no matter what their situation. That’s what churches are suppose to be used for.

    3. I like how this article states that going to church isn’t necessarily needed to have a strong relationship with God, but is still super beneficial. Church is a huge factor if you want to grow in your relationship with God! Like the article said, churches are here to guide and support us through our walk with Christ. I feel that this is a good article for seniors that are headed to college next year like myself. Making a habit of going to church in college can be tough. You have no one forcing you to wake up after a late night and go to church early the next morning. It can be easy to skip out on a Sunday here or there and eventually quit going to church period. This article helps us understand the benefits of going to church and how it can help us! These benefits are part of the key to having a stronger relationship with God!

    4. I really enjoyed reading this article about if having a strong faith without going to church was possible because it made me think about things I haven’t thought about. It is so easy for me to think that everyone should go to church because I live in a very Christian community. In my little town, we have several churches. I forget to think about how others from different countries maybe can’t go to church or others in different situations. The article talked about how if you’re not on fire about the Lord and you go to church like a zombie then Church isn’t doing anything to strengthen your faith. That part of the article really struck me and made me think deeply about it. The people who can’t go to church can have a strong faith too, if they are on fire about their faith and do whatever it takes to serve and love the Lord. I believe that is so true and sometimes as Christians, we go to church and we have a lukewarm faith but we need that fire burning in our souls.

    5. Currently my family doesn’t have a church that we attend regularly, we’re looking for one that we like. This article just made me sad that we don’t have one 🙁 I really wish that we could find a good one but we will eventually that is not too far away like most of the closest churches in our area are. In the meantime I go to Bible study on Thursdays and I do a special thing in my room at home on Sundays where I put on my playlist of worship songs and go through one of my favourite Bible study books. I’d really appreciate any prayers that I find a church soon! 🙂

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