an organized group of believers that gather together or congregations

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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 ...
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When did the one-way monologue sermon first become a normal feature of church assemblies?

Of course Jesus preached a lot of monologue sermons, but I have noticed that Jesus did not usually preach sermons like nearly every church does today. He never seems to have, or at least rarely ...
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Can I go to church on the internet?

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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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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What is the earliest Christian use of a worship leader?

Music directors existed in Old Testament times (see these 56 references). But was there such a thing as what we now call a worship leader in Christian (New Testament and early church) times? Or is it ...
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Why don't we dance?

At my old church (PCA) occasionally there would be a few women who would dance at the front of the sanctuary. Later, after leaving the church, I began to feel a little bit biased against that dancing ...
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Why should I choose one particular congregation or denomination?

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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Is it fair to say that Baptists have a liturgy?

One distinctive of Baptists and many other congregational churches is that they have no prescribed method of worship. Unlike, say, an Episcopalian or a Roman Catholic, there is no prayer book and no ...
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What Christian denominations do not require belief in mainstream Christian core doctrines?

I grew up in a non-denominational church and was heavily involved until a few years ago. Some of my personal beliefs don't agree with the commonly accepted "core doctrines" of Christianity (which is ...