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Do Christians Need to Belong to a Church?

  • By: Scott Stein, Shawn Walker
  • Feb 27, 2024
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People feel the need to leave church for many reasons. Most often it is because the church, as they’ve experienced it, has not measured up to what they expect it to be. Sometimes this is due to churches not being what the church should be, and sometimes this is due to churches not being what we feel they should be. In either case, this is due to the church not measuring up to an ideal.

But maybe part of the problem isn’t the church failing to meet the ideal, but our own vision of what that ideal is. Many Christians turn to Acts 2:42-47 and say: “There, that’s what the church should look like.” But is this an accurate reflection of the church? Is this an adequate picture for us to measure our church experience against, and, if it fails to meet it, then decide we can do without it? What does Acts 2 really tell us about the church, how ought that set our expectations for what the church should be, and what is our part in it?

In this episode, Scott and Shawn dive into the question of whether or not Christians need to belong to a local church. In an era where Christian teaching, worship music, and resources are available to us through so many channels, is it possible that we could live out our Christian lives adequately without needing to belong to an actual church?

Tune in to hear this discussion and hear the answers Scott and Shawn surface from the Bible.


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