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Church or solo worship?

Should you worship alone or as a group?
Should you worship alone or as a group?
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There has been a lot of discussion in this area recently about whether a Christian has to go to church on a regular basis. The answer to that is a bit complex. While the Bible does say that worshipers need to come together to praise God's name, it doesn't say how often that should happen.

In Biblical times, people didn't go to worship once a week. Some people only went to organized worship once per year. Yes, people who were close to the temples went more often. Those who were in the countryside areas didn't usually go as often.

Whether a person chooses to go to church on a regular basis is another one of those choices in which God has to lead you. More important than how often you go to services is how you act when you aren't in service.

The Bible calls us to be lights for God. The only way to do this is to show others God's love. You can't just go to worship service, praise God, and then leave with a scowl on your face when you can't get out of the parking lot in two minutes flat.

Instead of focusing on how often you go to worship services, focus on how often you make an impact on people in your community. Your impact on those in the community shows an action. You can praise God in a parking lot if that is what you have to do to make an impact. You are still praising God, but you are in the presence of someone who needs to see God's love.

No matter what you choose to do in regards to organized worship, it is important that you follow God's lead. For some, organized worship is a kind of accountability program. For others, it is a stress causing event that can eventually turn them from religion.

In either case, you should make sure that you have fellow Christians to fellowship with who hold dear the same values you do. Just because someone says they are a Christian doesn't mean that they are going to have the values that you consider to be the cornerstones of your relationship with God.

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