Do I Need Church to Know the Bible?

Everyone has beliefs that are swayed by others. The desire to conform is strong within us.

That being said, wouldn’t it be better to isolate ourselves with our Bibles? If we’re not around people, we won’t ever conform to people! Genius solution!

It would seem that way. The Bible is able to fully equip a person for every good work. We have the Holy Spirit within us who teaches and reminds us of God’s Word. We are each of us priests, not needing the intercession of another human.

All that being said, Ephesians 4 says God spiritually gifted people in the church so that we would be perfected, grown up into the perfect man Christ Jesus, and not tossed about with every wind of doctrine.

Ephesians 4 sure makes it sound like not going to church will keep you in a state of spiritual immaturity.

So, how can both be true?

In my pastoral experience, I know many people who decided they didn’t need church. They spent time alone thinking. And without exception, each of them got weirder and weirder theologically.

Once you actively decide to reject the Church (not the institution per se, but the spiritual body of Christ that edifies itself in love), you are going against something God has given for your benefit. You are resisting His gracious gifts toward you.

You will end up weird.

You will.

You’ll be tossed about by every wind of doctrine. We’re all influenced by stuff around us. We’re all susceptible to be blown in the wind. That’s why it’s vital to find a church with people who have the Spirit and then spend time with those people. They’ll help keep you going the right way.

At the same time, you should spend plenty of time with yourself, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible. How will you be able to identify spiritual people if you don’t know who the Spirit is or what He says?

We’ve been given many things to help our minds be transformed. Church is one of those things. It’s an important thing, so important Paul says if you’re not in it, you’ll be immature.

You must be in fellowship with Spirit-filled believers. Allowing them to come along side you, help you, warn you, comfort you. Your faith will flourish in a good church.

But showing up to church is not the entirety. You have to do your part in the Body to benefit from being in the Body, not just warming a chair in a different building on Sunday mornings.

The Church has a role and you have a role. Your maturity level is not entirely dependent upon your church! You are the main player in your own maturation. Use the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, and Christ’s Body, the Church.

You’ve been given much. To whom much is given, much is required. Act accordingly.

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