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Do We Really Still Need Churches?

by | Culture and Spirituality, Faith and Reason, Podcast | 2 comments

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For decades now, church attendance has been in decline. And after two years of COVID, even with lockdowns mostly over, many people are not returning to church.

But let’s face it. Most churches now do a great job of delivering Sunday service online. And through the internet we have easy access to a super-abundance of worship, teaching, and discipleship resources that we used to only get from church.

There is also the reality for many who, for one reason or another, have had negative or even hurtful church experiences. For these, church has become a very negative thing.

This raises the question: Do we really even need churches to be a Christian?

In this episode, Scott and Shawn tackle this very relevant question by discussing:

  • The distinction between our experience of church and what the church is.
  • Understanding the relationship between Christians “doing” church and “being” the church.
  • The New Testament vision of the church as a “family”.
  • How Jesus relates to his church, and the implications this has for us.

Episode Resources

Book: Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, Wayne Grudem

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  1. Jim Comte

    I have just listened to this podcast on “Wondering how the Church….” i’m not certain you really answered the question… Scripture references were mentioned, quoted or explained. I felt it was very philosophical and not Biblical. “Doing Church remotely” is a wonderful tool, but it is not the collective gathering of His people. Matthew 18:20: Acts 2:41-47, and v. 42….why aren’t we continuing steadfastly….Is it because we have a Laodicean spirit, (Rev 3)which is typical of these last days. Heb. 10:25. Meeting virtually is still forsaking of the assembling together. It’s a heart issue too! More could be said, but…..

    • Scott Stein

      Hello Jim. Thanks for tuning in to our podcast and for leaving a comment. I’d be happy to interact with you on it, but to be fair, in saying that I didn’t reference, quote, or explain any Scripture reveals that you did not listen to the entire episode. After about the 20 minute mark we get into discussing what Scripture indeed has to say about the church, what it means to belong to it, and the clear implications.


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