Imagine with me that a man hears the Apostle Paul preach. He then claims to believe the gospel that Jesus died for his sins and rose again the third day to bring him eternal life. Sunday rolls around and our imagined man refuses to go to church. He refuses to fellowship with other believers in God’s Word by submitting to the teaching and authority of Paul. “Yes, I’ve become a follower of Jesus, but I refuse to go to church,” he says.
When a sinner is born again, the Holy Spirit indwells that person, transforming the new child of God from worldly and sinful desires to those which please God and glorify Jesus (John 16:14). The Spirit uses the words of the Bible to change the heart and mind to reflect the will of God (Romans 12:1-2). Like a newborn baby cries to be fed, the Christian hungers to be fed from the Scriptures in fellowship with God’s family.
Someone has said that if a professing Christian has to be urged to attend a Bible-teaching church, he doesn’t need to become a better Christian, he needs to actually become a Christian.
They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together (Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:24, 25).