Do I Have to Go to Church to Connect with God?

Episode 781 Show Notes 

From the Show

You will often hear the phrase, “you don’t go to church, you are the church.” Now, the idea that ‘I am the church’ is not entirely true. No individual is the church. The church is the body of Christ and we are individually members of that body.

–Adriel Sanchez

Do I Have to Go to Church to Connect with God?

Questions in this Episode

  1. Ephesians 2 says that the prophets and apostles were the foundation of the church. If these offices are just for the foundation of the church how does prophecy operate today?
  2. I am wondering if we connect with God through the church or within yourself. Do you have to go to church to get that or does it only depend on your personal relationship with God?
  3. Since the Bible tells us to submit to our governing authorities, and they’re telling us to get the vaccine, if we don’t get the vaccine are we sinning against God?
  4. My daughter has a hard time worshipping on Sunday instead of Saturday since the law of God tells us to keep the sabbath on the 7th day of the week. How should we think about this?
  5. Between now and the resurrection, what happens to our bodies when we die?
  6. Why does the bible use symbolic numbers in scripture? In Mark 5, Jesus heals a woman who had been sick for 12 years. Then he goes on to raise a 12 year old girl from the dead. These constant numbers used in Scripture make doubts creep into my head about the authenticity of the story.
  7. Some pastors call cremation “sub-Christian,” what do you think?

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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