It’s disheartening that so many people are listed on a church roll somewhere but not actually attending.
The idea of the professing Christian living in isolation from the local church is quite foreign to the New Testament.
There is no “being the church” apart from “going to church.” The two are intrinsically connected.
The New Testament is saturated with the local church. Trying to understand these 27 books apart from the local church is like playing baseball without the bases. You may be able to recognize the sport, but the path to winning has been eliminated.
Your lips can go on autopilot singing some of the most beautiful and gospel-rich songs ever written all the while your heart is not truly on the same page.
Pastors must be able to teach sound doctrine and all that accords with it.
What if instead of making services about the altar, the priority of the gospel invitation was attached to the exhortation from Scripture?