All adults are commanded to join God's church for the reasons stated in the chart below:
SEVEN REASONS WHY GOD COMMANDS ALL TO JOIN THE CHURCH
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.
- I Peter 2:9
2. Instruction, edification
And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
- Ephesians 4:11-12
3. Prayer and sacraments
And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
- Acts 2:42
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
- Hebrews 10:24-25
5. Service; testimony
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
- Matthew 28:19-20
That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
- I Corinthians 12:25
According to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.
- II Corinthians 13:10b
Is it possible for people to be sincere, but be sincerely mistaken? Is it possible for people to be devoted, but devoted to a wrong cause? Why?
A believer worships God individually but decides that he will not associate with a church. How is he separating the two tables of God's law by doing so? Is the idea of being united to Christ as Head, but not to His body, a scriptural one?
What does the following verse mean, and how does it relate to worshipping collectively in church in preference to individually at home?
The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.