While your relationship to Christ is personal, God never intends for it to be private … We discover our role in life through our relationships with others. The church is so significant that Jesus died on the cross for it. ~ Rick Warren
Notes from Mayowa: Many times, I have been told by some people that I have tried to convince to go to church that they do not need to be in church before they can fellowship with God. Very true. You can be in church and not have a personal experience with God. I don’t think God specified in the bible where you need to be to have a personal experience with him or worship him. Infact, you carry God in the form of the Holy Spirit every where with you and when Jesus came, he also brought with him a way to easily access God. We no longer have to go through the processes Christians had to go through in the Old Testament. We can easily go before the presence of God and now, we can easily worship God because our heart is what is really required.
Now that I have established that, I am against people not going to church because they can worship God without being in church. The bible itself says do not forsake the gathering of brethrens. Remember the bible also says where two or three are gathered, there I am. I am not saying God won’t be present if you are not in the midst of two or three people because I know God is very much present when we talk to him alone. Our relationship with him should never be a collective one, but rather a personal one because everyone is unique and God will relate with you based on your uniqueness. You will have a way of talking to God which might not work for another. But there is something about being with fellow believers, who are of the same faith, have the same goal to love God and go to heaven and so on. In church, you will definitely hear a word for your life that you might not have heard in your closet. In church, the atmosphere is so charged because there are many spirit filled beings there and there is no way God’s presence won’t come down fast and it’s by going to church that you can function as an organ. Remember the church is a body with many members all performing a function. Your service is needed in church and trust me, that’s one of the fastest ways you will move God’s hand. Being in church produces accountability and accountability produces spiritual growth. Your contribution to church matters and you have fellow believers looking out for you. You have fellow believers who can correct you in love when you are going off track and who can share their experiences with God with you and as a result strengthen your faith. If you are not accountable to any body, you can do anything, but when you are, you can’t. Being a member of a church also makes you part of the collective body meant to ensure the Church works. So it will strengthen your own faith because you know you can’t be the one not making the church function.0