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Do I Have to Go to Church to Be a Christian?

Though you may call yourself a Christian, if you don't go to church, you're probably going to hell.

What, no! Church doesn't save anyone. You know that thing about being in a garage doesn't make you a car? So going to church doesn't make you a Christian!

Sure. But being a Christian means that you are part of the body of Christ. And what is the body of Christ? Ephesians 5:23 says the body of Christ is the church.

Jesus died on the cross for the sins of His people so they could be reconciled to God. That word "reconcile" means "to accept that which was not previously desired." Because of our sin, we did not desire God, and He did not desire us in that state. But because He loves us, He sent His Son to live and die in our place.

By faith in Jesus we are made righteous in the eyes of a holy God. Titus 2:14 says, "He purified for Himself a people for His own possession." And in so doing, He reconciled us not only to God but to God's people…

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