This may shock you, but salvation doesn’t come through going to church.
It doesn’t come through standing up and sitting down, smiling and shaking hands, or tithing and singing songs. It doesn’t even come through being a member, being active, being a good person, being in leadership, or really anything else you might be or do at church.
Salvation comes through Jesus Christ—Alone!
It starts with your belief in Christ. Comes from your faith in Christ. And is seen in your relationship with Christ. So if you have no relationship with Christ outside of church…
that should scare you.
If you have no relationship with Christ outside of church, you have no relationship with Christ. If you have no relationship with Christ, you can’t have faith in Christ. And if you have no faith in Christ…
you have no salvation.
I’m not suggesting that you stop going to church. However, you could attend church your whole life and not be a Christian.
Maybe you were raised in church and you love it. Maybe you’ve been on mission trips or even planted churches. Maybe you help out in the nursery, or you play in the worship band. Maybe you’re an usher, or maybe you’re the pastor. Or maybe you just show up every Sunday, or every other Sunday, or every other other Sunday.
I don’t care if you show up for church on Sunday—I care about your salvation.
So what does a relationship with Christ look like?
You have to pray, daily. Alone, on your knees (figuratively is ok), bearing your soul. Asking for guidance; for God to lead you, to teach you, to speak to you…to make you more like Christ. In 1 Thessalonians Paul says, “pray without ceasing.” This may sound daunting, so start with one prayer. Pray about the big things, the little things, and the in-between things.
And whenever you think about praying…give in and pray.
You have to read the Bible, daily. Alone. I don’t mean read two verses and a commentary by a famous preacher. I mean open your Bible at Genesis and start working toward Revelation. This may sound daunting, so start small. Begin with a chapter a day. Forget about commentaries. This is between you and God.
When you reach the end of the Bible and close the cover…begin again.
You may be under the impression that Christians can’t go it alone. It sounds like the truth. But if your church shut its doors tomorrow, what would happen to your relationship with Christ?