Hot Topic: Is The Church Building Needed Today???

I tell you what the below comment has dominated my Facebook time line in the last couple of days. I highly encourage church attendance in the right church with the right structure in place and the right leadership. We all know that in the Old Testament, when God commanded the Tabernacle to be built, it was a place for God to dwell with the people. The people did not meet inside the Tabernacle.  Only the priests entered the Tabernacle. The people met together and worshiped God outside under the open sky. They never entered the Tabernacle or later the Temple:
"Hi - The Lord removed me from church building attendance. Increasingly, He's calling more of His people out of church buildings; however, when I was a baby Christian, I sat "under" preachers and teachers for years in church building settings . . . Do you believe that BABY Christians should attend church buildings to get foundational and other truths from preachers and teachers?" 
So the question is, if God does not dwell in a building, but dwells in our hearts. Then why do we have to meet in a special building or enter a special building to worship God? Is a church building needed for us to meet or worship God? Is it needed for the center of the life of the believer?


  1. Ann, I highly encourage church attendance in the right church with the right structure in place and the right leadership...not everyone is a paul or peter..those are specific vessels Jesus chose and trained himself..most will be mainly trained by leadership like eh 4 12 details...and here's why everyone shouldn't be trying to be teaching.... James 3:1 NASB

    Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.

  2. Ann in my opinion, Building or no building, the ekklesia is an assembly of the body of Christ. We, the ekklesia are responsible for leading others to Christ, who is the Master Teacher. Upon Jesus' request, His Father sent his Holy Spirit to indwell believers to teach, guide, correct, etc. through his word, the Bible. Too few explain who the Holy Spirit is and what he does.

    A great foundational teaching would be to trace the Holy Spirit from Genesis through Revelation in context.

  3. Hebrews 10:25 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. (KJV)

    Many people will say that through Hebrews 10:25, God commands us not to miss the "worship services of the church".

    The verse is says nothing about worship, nothing about services and nothing about a church.

    (not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more, as you see the Day approaching). It’s only part of a sentence the sentence AND THE THOUGHT begin in previous verses.

    FORSAKE---- Forsake means to give up, to quit, to leave, to abandon. It implies finality. Here it refers to stopping a practice. It does not refer to "perfect (or imper-fecO attendance" at a religious ceremony.

    ASSEMBLING ----Assembling means coming together, meeting together, or gathering together. Notice that the word is "assembling" and not "the assembly". People today often say that Hebrews 10:25 teaches us that we are not to forsake "the assembly", which means Sunday Church services in today's vernacular. This is not the message!

    THE day is possibly speaking of the destruction of Jerusalem and the second coming of Christ.

    THE DAY (2) the destruction of Jerusalem, (3) the second coming of Christ,

    THE CONTEXT: The primary instruction is to "stir up love and good works" in one another. The writer then specifies how to do that: by meeting together and exhorting (encouraging) one another. Those who do not meet together are not considerate (do not consider) of others and do nothing to increase love and good works. These Christians were being severely persecuted and had special need for encouragement. Now as then we need to meet together with people of like faith. All of us need to be encouraged because our pathway through this world is strewn with obstacles. We need to share our good times with others so that they may be encouraged and we need to share our bad times with others so that they may encourage us. This, I believe, is the message of Hebrews 10:25. Once more, the writer is not talking about attendance records.

  4. Yes.....we need a physical church building......plain and simple!


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