I’ve heard several people over the years say, “I don’t need a church. I’m better off on my own.” I strongly disagree. Let me explain why with a story from the Bible.
How Soon We Forget
Moses led the people out of bondage in Egypt. Along the way, the Israelites walked through the middle of the Red Sea on dry ground. They were delivered from the hands of the Egyptian army. God showed the people His love and omnipotent power. They witnessed numerous astounding miracles, but oh how soon they forget.
The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” Exodus 16:1-3 NIV
In just two short months, the people forget the amazing and powerful nature of God. They forget how He delivered them. They forget how He loved and cared for them. They believe God led them out of Egypt to let them die in the desert.
I’m often the same way. I forget all that God has already done for me. I forget the ways He’s delivered me. I forget all that He’s provided for me. I forget. And I start grumbling. I begin to wonder if God has abandoned me.
For the Israelites, God rains down food from heaven. (See Exodus 16)
Fast forward a few chapters and what do we see?
When the people saw how long it was taking Moses to come back down the mountain, they gathered around Aaron. “Come on,” they said, “make us some gods who can lead us. We don’t know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt.” Exodus 32:1 NLT
Even after being miraculously fed by God, the people once again forget. They are ready to worship idols of gold.
This Is Why We Need Church
We need to go to church so we are regularly reminded who God is. This is why we read our Bibles, pray and participate in praise and worship. It is all to keep our minds and hearts on copying Jesus instead of worshiping the things of this world. We need church so we don’t forget.