Born-again Christians are considered members of the body of Christ.
A common argument is that a person can be a Christian by reading the Bible and talking to God, in the absence of church attendance. What is God’s rule and what might His exceptions be? Can it be different in different seasons of life? Let’s test this.
- Romans 12
- 1 Corinthians 6
- 1 Corinthians 12
- Ephesians 4
Questions to Consider:
- Can you be an active member of the body of Christ if you rarely meet with other Christians?
- Can you regularly develop spiritual gifts in the absence of other Christians?
- Will you have strong discernment of what is of God and what is not if you have very little exposure to other Christians?
- Can you successfully make major lifestyle changes that God requests without being in the regular presence of other Christians?
- Can you be corrected by other Christians without attending church, in behavioral and doctrinal areas?
- Can purity of one’s body and the body of Christ be maintained well when a person is practicing a solitary faith?
- Does God’s authority structure support being a Christian in the absence of other Christians?
- Can a strong worldwide church exist without regular participation of all members of the body of Christ?
- Can you serve other Christians if you are not around them?
- How might God open your heart and develop your intimacy with Him if you practiced a different level of attendance? How might He develop your character?
- How might God challenge you differently if you are a rare attender of church?
- Can new believers learn doctrine and lifestyle changes if those who are more mature or knowledgeable in doctrine rarely attend church?
- If you are a regular church attender, what differences do you notice between regular and infrequent attenders?
Holy Father, my desire is to serve You according to Your will. Please search my heart and if my views or participation in the church is not to your liking, please cleanse my heart and will, and bring new life. Amen.