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I can worship the lord on sabbaths being at home. I can sing, play music and i can read bible and i can pray alone at home. is it wrong that i stay back home or is it must that i have to go to church and worship? How about a person who does not go to church but spends alot of time with non believing bretheren in his community? Is he lost?

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Heb.10:24-26 We are told not to absent ourselves from assembling with the brethren..... I believe that church attendence is a MUST unless you have a specific circumstance that prevents you from doing so. 'nuff sed..............
From the book, “What People Ask About The Church,” by Dale A. Robbins

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Why should Christians go to church?

For believers, there is no substitute for attending church. Besides something that pleases God, it is necessary for a believer's spiritual well-being. For shut-ins or invalids who aren't able to go to church, the ministries on radio or TV might be the only kind of fellowship or spiritual nourishment that they get. God certainly understands the circumstances of these people, and recognizes the sincerity of their hearts. However, it is a different matter for those who could attend church but are too lazy, or put other things such as entertainment and amusements before God, or who harbor bitterness or indifference toward other believers.

It is important to attend church for the following reasons:

(1) It is an Expression of our Love for God. "And [they] were continually in the temple praising and blessing God" (Luke 24:53). Going to church is a tangible expression of our love and worship toward God. It is where we can gather with other believers to bring God offerings of praise, thanks, and honor.

(2) It builds up our Spiritual Strength. "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Rom. 10:17). Receiving the preaching and teaching of the Word of God increases our faith and builds us up spiritually. Every believer knows what it is to face spiritual conflicts to their faith, and must realize the importance of being fed spiritually so that they can overcome the challenges. Paul states that Christians face a wrestling match with the Devil and his evil spiritual forces, and warns that the church must put on spiritual armor for protection, as it will take everything at our disposal to stand (Eph. 6:10-18). How important that we take every opportunity available to receive ministry and strength from God's Word.

(3) It brings a special visitation of the Lord's Presence. "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them" (Matt. 18:20). There is the promise of a special visitation of the Lord's presence whenever two or more gather specifically in the name of Jesus. By implication, this means whenever "Jesus" is the object of gathered prayer, worship, praise, preaching, etc. Even though Jesus resides within the heart of every believer, he honors a gathering in his name by coming in the "midst," with his power, awareness, and anointing. In such a gathering, Christ is able to do things in hearts that he may not at any other time. The scripture says that God inhabits the praise of His people (Psa. 22:3), and in such an atmosphere the Holy Spirit will often manifest spiritual gifts that minister to the body of Christ.

(4) It provides fellowship with other Christians. "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7). Gathering together also has compounded importance to the relationship of the Christian brethren. The Bible makes it clear that a right relationship with God requires a "vertical" and "horizontal" alignment — that is, we must have a vertical fellowship with God and a horizontal fellowship with other believers. It is not possible to love God and refuse to love the brethren. If you have a problem loving other Christians, you have a problem in your relationship with God. Scripture warns us that unforgiveness toward others will void God's forgiveness of our own sins (Matt. 6:15). John wrote, "He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him" (1 John 2:9-10).

One of the most important reasons that we go to church is to practice love toward the brethren in the form of fellowship. The Bible clearly shows that if we have a right relationship with God, we have fellowship with others believers. Keeping ourselves in love and harmony with other believers keeps us humble before God so that Christ's blood can continue to cleanse us from our sins.

(5) It is an act of obedience to God. "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. For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins," (Heb. 10:24-26).

Not to be forgotten, going to church is also a matter of obedience to God's Word. The writer of the Hebrew epistle tells us not to forsake assembling together, implying that continued absence can lead to willful sin (verse 26). We're supposed to be considerate of our brethren, coming together to help motivate and encourage one another. "Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin" (James 4:17).

(6) It allows accountability to spiritual leadership. "Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you" (Heb. 13:17).

More strong evidence that proves that we're to be a part of a church fellowship, is that we're told to submit to the authority of spiritual leaders (within the boundaries of God's Word). God designed this system of accountability for the progress and protection of His flock. Obviously, this really isn't possible unless we are a part of an organized fellowship which has identified elders, pastors, or leaders. It is easy to see that one cannot genuinely be under submission to a TV pastor who has never met you. Nor is it possible to be under submission by visiting a different church each week. The Bible tells us to know them that are over us in the Lord (1 Thes. 5:12). Submission necessitates a commitment and relationship to a local body of believers and to their spiritual leaders.

(7) It combines our spiritual strength in prayer. "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven" (Matt. 18:19).

The Bible indicates that agreement in prayer with other believers has special favor with God. This agrees with how God has historically blessed the union of His people in battle against their enemies. "Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you" (Lev. 26:8).

(8) It honors the Lord's Day. "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy" (Ex. 20:8).

The fourth commandment of the law that God gave Moses was to set aside the seventh day of the week, Saturday, as a holy day to the Lord. This was, and will always remain, the official Sabbath.
Wow, Its really good to rememeber the points and the significance with references to the bible. Thanks a lot and u really made the question so clear and understandable.
Wow you really have made it clear, I can see that you really have read the bible.
Excellent peice of information.
Geroge said"Thanks for the verse reference.. Heb 10:25 says ..."and let us not give up meeting each other..." The KJV says.."Not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together..................."
'nuff sed.
Yes, you can worship the Lord on Sabbaths being at home, sing, play music and read your Bible and pray alone at home. One lady, who lived in a certain country where she was the only Seventh-day Adventist did so for almost three years before anyone joined her. Today there is a strong Seventh-day Adventist presence in that country.

On the other hand, I do not believe that there would be any development of SDA presence in that country, if this lady held the idea that it is ok for each member to stay at home by themselves on Sabbaths to have worship.

Not only are we (as individuals) dependent on coorperate worship for spiritual growth, the church does too.
Hi Pamala. Thanks for sharing and being transparent. I appreciate your sincerity. You have asked a question of us. And I am sure you will have to sort through many opinions. And in this medium of the internet it could be easy for one to get their feelings hurt. I hope that is not the case. But in order to answer with my opinion ... I have to be pointed. So please understand in advance .... I don't intend to hurt.

"Am I wrong for not attending just any church?" Yes. I believe you are. The Lord wanted us to fellowship with believers. He did not say that we would agree with all of the believers. I dare say that if you were able to go to an SDA church that you would believe the same as all present. Hey .... I might be present.

Now, I am not saying that you have to be a member of that church. Obviously ... you don't have the same doctrinal beliefs. But the people are Christians. They desire to follow Christ. Just as you do.

Since you are not able to fellowship with believers as you believe on Sabbath .... all the more important that you have fellowship on Sunday. You are not worshipping the day of Sunday by going to a Christian meeting on Sunday. Jesus went to Christian meetings on Sunday. Most Christian churches who worship on Sunday do not keep the day holy. The day does not mean much to them. These people are just like you and I .... but they just havn't received the Sabbath truth yet.

Yes. You feel safe at home. But a ship was not built to stay in the harbor. You need to get out. May I ask you a question? Are you not able to have friends unless they agree with you in all things such as Sabbath keeping? Think hard ... for this is important. Our Christian brothers and sisters in Sunday keeping churches .... are just that ... our friends and we should be able to associate with them. They will not bite just because they worship on Sunday.

Some in our church seem to have such an elite attitude ... that they would not dream of speaking to a Sunday keeper. But I feel this is wrong. After keeping Sabbath ... just go to your local Sunday keeping church and fellowship with them. You are strong in the faith. You are not going to be swayed by something that is not Biblical such as Sunday keeping. But do go and enjoy the fellowship of Christian believers. You will be blessed.
Thanks 4Him for making pamala's question lighter. God bless u
thanks pamela for phosing question back to us .
Pamala...Why aren't you logging into www.forestlakechurch.org every Sabbath as I see that you have a computer? 'nuff sed
Let me respond to this question first..."How about a person who does not go to church but spends alot of time with non believing bretheren in his community? Is he lost?"

That should be the exception and not the rule. The rule is show by example what church life is all about. Spending time with non-believing brethren doesn't have to take place during church time. Besides, what would it profit anyone if the only time they can spend with non-believing brethren is on a day that God has designated for worship?

My advice is to be established in the rudiments of the church doctrines, and teachings so that any attempt to discuss truth-based teachings with persons you care about would be better achieved. When we spend time with God's people we will develop more skills to be able to handle difficulties better.

Remember my friend that God's day was designed to develop a relationship with Him. Its a day for communion with Him. Even Jesus set the example by attending services every sabbath. While He did good on the day, the fact remains He never let up on church attendance. He set the example for us to follow.
Thanks Bobby for ur contribution.

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