Social religion is perfected when private religion is purified. The body becomes stronger as its members become healthier. The whole church of God gains when the members that compose it begin to seek a better and a higher life. -A.W. Tozer
Which is more important church attendance or private devotion?
My argument is that private devotion is more important.
I know you have several objections and verses flying through your head but stay with me.
Let me ask you a question, what is it that makes a church a Church?
Is it simply the fact that a group of people get together and open the Bible, sing songs, and share a message?
Obviously, these are essential functions of a Church service but is this what makes the church?
It’s important to think about this because some people that going to church or being on the membership role at some church makes you a Christian.
What makes a church a Church is the fact that born-again believers are gathering in the name of Jesus with the purpose of serving other believers and celebrating Jesus.
So what does this have to do with private devotion? Well, private devotion should be a characteristic of Christ followers. A Christ-followers has given their life to Jesus and now want to spend their life getting to know Jesus and living for Him. This takes place, not just one day a week on Sunday, but every day of our lives.
So both are important. Private devotion is coming to Jesus every day and staying connected to our life giver. And then out of that, we gather together to encourage one another and celebrate Jesus together for all He has done.