In colloquial usage, whenever Christians say ‘church’, they typically refer to services at which Christians gather to pray, fellowship, encourage one another, and experience presence of God together in one place, in one building. Hence, they say stuff like, ‘we are headed to church’, or ‘are you going to church today’?
If we get technical and particular, Christians in fact never go to church. Christians are the ‘Church of Jesus Christ’. Whether Christians are at home, at work, at play, romancing their spouses, or raising their children, they are the ‘Church of Jesus Christ’. For those who care for supporting evidence, check out both Jesus’ words and words of Apostle Paul (commentary in brackets mine).
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father (Jesus declares that location will cease to matter for worship of God). But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship Him. God is Spirit (God is Immanent, everywhere), and those who worship Him must worship in spirit (worship is anywhere God is, which is everywhere) and truth (living the truth that is character of God — Love — everywhere is to worship God) — John 4:21,23–25.”
Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. Likewise greet the church that is in their house (Romans 16:3–5).
“Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place (it is the church that comes together in one house or building, it is not the coming together, or the house that makes the people the church; each person coming together individually is member of the church even when they are in their own homes)…” — 1 Corinthians 14:23 (part).
Christian Scriptures are very clear, it is believers in Jesus Christ who are the Church, not the building in which the believers meet.
Believers in Jesus Christ do not become church when they gather together, they are Church that gathers in one place so there can be fellowship with one another.
The problem that has arisen as a result of dichotomy between colloquial and technical usages of the term, ‘Church’?
Increasingly, Christians think they are the ‘Church of Christ’ only when they are gathered together in one place, only when they are gathered together in some particular building for fellowship with one another.
We have then that some Christians are unable to experience the reality of God and Jesus Christ outside of some building they feel is special, outside of some building within which they believe God reveals Himself.
In presence of this dependence, they are weak spiritually from Monday through Friday, only feel Christian on Saturdays or Sundays. Clearly, this is not what God the Father and Jesus Christ intended for the Church.
The truth about faith in Jesus Christ is, Christians are supposed to experience reality of fellowship with Father and Son in the Holy Spirit every single day of the week.
On Sundays or Saturdays, they gather together merely to fellowship with one another, to encourage one another, to love one another.
But do Christians not worship God when they gather together for fellowship with one another?
Absolutely. But it is the love they share when they come together that is worship of God.
When a Christian treats their spouse right on Monday night because he or she is tired from work, this is no less worship of God than encouraging a fellow believer with a song, or some words of encouragement during fellowship with other believers on Saturday or Sunday. God’s express desire in this regard?
So, whether you eat or drink (in the mundane things of life), or whatever you do (at work, home, school, party, parade, vacation, whatever), do all to the glory of God (do it with the only motive that pleases God, which is Love). Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the Church of God (do not attend fellowship services with objective of offending or judging others; go only to glorify God; go only to love your fellow believers) — 1 Corinthians 10:31–32.
In essence, worship God in spirit (wherever you are) and in truth (with Love as motive for your words and actions).
If God is Love and His followers are supposed to be like Him, how exactly are they love to one another if they never spend time with one another?
No one truly can know God if he or she is selfish with their knowledge of God. God wants everyone to know Him. Whenever a person feels he or she knows God so much he or she does not have any business fellowshipping with other Christians, this is inconsistent with the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
Consider the following words from Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit through Apostle Paul.
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you (John 15:15).
And His gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up of the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God (those who know are to teach, encourage, lead those who have yet to know so everyone keeps on growing until everyone is similar in the maturity of their knowledge of Jesus Christ), to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11–13).
We conclude then that God the Father and Jesus Christ have desire that Christians experience God’s presence in their lives everyday. Experience of reality of presence of God is possible through fellowship of the Holy Spirit who is received by faith in the name of Jesus Christ.
If you feel like a Christian only on Sundays, or only on Saturdays, know that this is not the reality promised by Jesus Christ. Know that you are missing something. Seek out someone you think knows Jesus quite well in your church, or wherever it is you think you can find such a one, for this matter is of extreme importance. It is the difference between feeling at peace and joyful only on weekends, and experiencing peace and joy of God every single day of the week.
God loves you.
God does not want you to have peace and joy only when you come bearing gifts for your pastor in the building that houses the Church of which you are a glorious member by faith in the name of Jesus Christ. God wants you to have His righteousness, peace, and joy every single day of the week.
But you have your part to play. God does not reveal Himself to those who do not believe that He is Love, who do not believe that He is patient and kind, not rude, not arrogant, not hypocritical, and that He expects you to be as He is in Love.
May the righteousness, peace, and joy of Jesus Christ be your spiritual experience every single day of the week in Jesus name. Amen.