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Do I have to go to church if I am a Christian? I find going to church intimidating. Are there strings attached to following Jesus?
Thank you so much for your honest spiritual enquiry about church attendance and salvation.
It seems your question is in three distinct parts.
It seems you understand that Jesus is who you need but there seems to be so many strings attached.
There are many strings attached and they are all demanding.
The good thing is that none of these ‘strings’ and for that I mean duties and responsibilities, commands and good practices are hidden; there is no small print. Being a Christian disciple will cost you everything and be as challenging as carrying a cross.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it". (Matthew 16:24-25)
Jesus is who you need. However, He is the Lord Jesus Christ, Master and Commander, King of Kings and He demands your utter obedience.
For those who have come to Him for forgiveness of their sins and have been translated from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of His dear Son, such obedience is not onerous but is a delight and a privilege and is given from a heart of thankful love. Have you been forgiven of your many sins?
Do you have to go to church to be a Christian? The simple answer is yes. We are commanded to 'repent and be baptised' as the public sign of conversion and baptism is the act of entering into the life of the church (Acts 2:41-42). To be a Christian is to be a follower of Jesus. Jesus told us to follow him and also gather with his other followers.
A local church is the gathering of the people of God, the body of Christ. As followers of Jesus, other church members are your brothers and sisters in Christ. Not to be with them may be a sign that you are not one of them. Not to go to the gathering of the Lord's people for worship and Biblical instruction is even against the Bible.
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Going to church as a new believer can be intimidating. New songs, new culture; new language; new people; new teaching; new format; new expectations; all mixed together. However, there is only one answer to this initial intimidation, go to church, make friends and worship God together.
In summary, a true believer will attend church, not because they are forced to, but because they want to worship God with other people and follow Jesus teaching.
Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- 1 Timothy 4:13
- Romans 12:5
- 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
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