Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. —Proverbs 18:1

Have you heard this before? “I don’t need to be part of a church to follow God.” Or have you heard this? “I can worship God out in the woods. Who says you have to be part of a church?” Or how about this one— “Jesus and me are enough! I don’t need to go to church.”

As is mentioned in the Proverb above, those who isolate themselves are really seeking their own desire. They are selfish and will not listen to reason. I have met many people along the way like this. They say they are believers, but they also say they do not need to belong to a local church— an assembly of believers whatever that assembly may look like. The local church may meet in a “church” building or a store front of a home or numerous other locations, but it is about the group of people meeting that are following Jesus together. That is what matters.

Those who say they do not need to be part of a local church are only wanting to do what they want to do. They say they believe and if that is the case then they are being disobedient to the plain teaching of God’s Word about being part of a local church (Acts 13:1; Romans 16:1; I Corinthians 1:2; II Corinthians 1:1; Colossians 4:16; I Thessalonians 1:1; II Thessalonians 1:1; Philemon1:2; Hebrews 10:24-25; Revelation 2:1). There is no excuse for not being part of a local church. It is only disobedience for not being so. That is the fact of the matter…

Dear Father, I thank You for the Church and for Jesus being the Head of the Church. I am so grateful to be part of the Universal Church and to be a part of a local Church. May I be faithful to Your desires for me in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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