NOTE: This article is part of our series called ‘Honest Questions’, which seeks to aid those on a spiritual journey to work through some of the biggest questions and obstacles to faith. You can read our introduction to the series here.

AN HONEST QUESTION

“I’ve been to church before. It’s boring, useless, judgemental, and irrelevant. I’d like to think more about who Jesus is – but if following him means going to church, I’m out! Does being a Christian mean going to church?”

NOPE…

“To those who believed” in Jesus, “he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). It’s believing in Jesus, the Son of God, that means someone is a Christian – not going to church.

You could go to church every week and not be a Christian – or never go, and be a Christian.

BUT…

If you’re a Christian, why wouldn’t you go to church?!

  • God has “adopted [people] as his sons through Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:5). So when Christians meet together – church – it’s a family get-together with brothers and sisters who want to share your ups and downs, who you can trust and support.
  • “God has arranged” his people like “parts in a body” (1 Corinthians 12:18). Church members are parts of a body, relying on each other, able to help one another.
  • The Bible tells Christians to “not give up meeting together”, so they can encourage each other to live Jesus’ way (Hebrews 10:25). Being part of a church is a way Christ’s people obey him.

REMEMBER

Christians are imperfect people like everyone else. As Jesus put it: “It isn’t the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I haven’t come to call the righteous [people who think they’re sorted], but sinners [people who know they’re not]” (Mark 2:17).

People in church are no better than people who aren’t. So we shouldn’t demand that church should be perfect, or that churchgoers should never mess up.

HAVING SAID THAT…

Some churches are welcoming communities who try to point people to someone who is perfect – Jesus – in an engaging, relevant way. Others…well, let’s be honest, some churches aren’t particularly welcoming or relevant, and don’t focus on Jesus.

So if you’ve got negative ideas about church, it’s worth finding one which is welcoming and Jesus-centred, and giving it a go before you give up on the whole church idea. At City Church Wolverhampton, we do our best to live up to these two things and we’d love to have you join us. Drop us a note on our contact page to find out more!

YES, BUT…

“Being a Christian is just a bit dull. For example: Why are Christians so negative about sex?

“It’s time the church got real. Surely science has disproved Christianity?

FURTHER STUDY

Thanks to the internet, we have an incredible number of resources at our fingertips. In an abundance of information, however, the challenge is often finding the right thing to study. With this in mind, we’ve curated this list of articles and videos for you as you continue your investigation into the topic explored in this article.

Author

  • Timothy Berry

    Tim and Renske met and were married in Toulouse, France. They have three wonderful children: Matthijs, Anouk, and Jaana. Before planting City Church Wolverhampton, they served at Mendham Hills Community Church in Chester, NJ as the Pastor of Worship Arts. Tim is ordained by the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA).