an organized group of believers that gather together or congregations

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What Biblical support is there for a non-Churched Christianity?

I'm interested in people who say "I'm a Christian, but I don't go to church." I understand the sentiment - it really fits in well with the "spiritual, but not religious" Zeitgeist, and it seems to ...
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Who determines church dedications?

In some of the more traditional denominations - certainly Catholicism and Anglicanism, to name two - churches or church buildings are named after "saints". This is in contrast to the more evangelical ...
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Why do adherents to the priesthood of all believers still have organized congregations?

I might be making some naive assumptions here, but I have a hard time seeing what the purpose of congregations are in the context of priesthood of all believers. As I understand it, priesthood of all ...
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Can you be a Christian and not go to church? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do I have to attend church every Sunday? Simply put, can you be a true christian and not go to church? Or is it a mandate to go to church on Sundays?
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Absent apostolic succession, what is the argument for the authority of the church?

I realize that Catholics believe in apostolic succession, and that they were explicitly given authority by Jesus himself. In other denominations, what, if anything, other than the choice made by its ...
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Should I condemn a church that might be teaching wrong doctrine? [closed]

I used to attend one church which felt quite weird for me. Here are a few things that I don't agree with: Everybody can speak in tongues. The steps are, first you need somebody to pray with you so ...
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If our body is the church, why should we go to a place called church?

In the old testament days, God asked Moses to construct a place for Him to reside. Exodus 25:8 (NKJV) And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them But in New testament, We ...
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What are some of the benefits of going to church?

This question struck me last Sunday at church. People usually talk about the abstract benefits of prayer and proving things etc, but I'm asking this question because over the many years I've been ...
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Why should I choose one particular congregation or denomination? [closed]

Assuming that one believes in an almighty Lord, why should one choose a particular Christian congregation or denomination? For example, why should one choose to serve God by helping the poor through ...
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Can Elders of a church be young? [closed]

I am referring to 'Elders' in the sense of 1 Timothy 5:17 (NIV) : 17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and ...
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Can I go to church on the internet? [closed]

Is it enough for me to watch a sermon online every Sunday? I have some Christian friends that I spend time with and we pray together sometimes. I study the Bible on my own and listen to my favorite ...
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Do I have to attend church every Sunday?

I used to be an avid church-goer, but as of late I haven't had the chance. This is primarily because of my scouting activities, which take place Sunday mornings (the same time the church service takes ...