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The short answer is yes. You can be a Christian and not go to church. After my mama's funeral, I didn't go to church at all for almost 5 years. But I never stopped believing.
I do think it is much harder to live your faith without a community around you to support you and hold you accountable. And it's not what God wants for us. He designed us to be in community with one another. That's what church is supposed to be for.
Ok here is my reasoning. We had this talk at Church and the paster said no because....
In the bible it talks about in communion so everything is to be talken / done together as a family of God. Also it talks about going out and spreading the word ( this of course does not need to be at a Church). So in short a gathering is to take place for Christians to be together as one.
The bible says "wherever two or more are gathered in My (Jesus) name, I am there also." So if you consider the church to be the universal church, the worldwide body of believers, then technically we are "going to church" every time we pray for each other or study the word of God together on this forum or when we meet with friends over coffee to do a devotional.
Don't get me wrong, I think going to worship services and practicing the sacraments is important. It's part of connecting to God,reminding us of His holiness and our need for him. But if we limit our understanding of church to a specific building at a specific time with specific people then we're really missing out on something. Jesus never wanted the rules to get in the way of our relationship with him.
I could pull out a bunch of scripture to support this but I'm too tired and my kids are hungry. Maybe tomorrow.
Aaron Nicole, I'm curious to know what your bible study thinks.