In today's world, one of the most interesting dynamics that may affect how you worship in the future centers on the question, "do I have to go to church to be a Christian?" Afterall, with the explosion of social media, it is very easy to hear an encouraging Word without all of the extra drama that churches have been known for.
One doesn't have to get dressed up, be forced to sit where the Ushers demand you to sit, or even be badgered to give "over and above" money to church projects that do not affect one directly. Instead, one can just jump on Facebook, find your person of interest, and tune in.
While there is technically nothing wrong with watching ministries on social media, the question remains, But the question is, is that what God intended for one's long-term method of worship? After all, a relationship with God is personal. Isn't it??? Furthermore, going to church is not what saves a man. But the question still remains, "is it the primary vehicle that God has intended to help keep a man???" Perhaps we should consult Scripture before we answer the question.
Matthew 18:20...For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Acts 2:42...They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Ephesians 4:11-13...And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Hebrews 3:13...But exhort one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
Hebrews 10:25...Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Clearly, when one looks at the context behind these verses, it is obvious that the believers worshiped together for several purposes—to reflect the presence of Go in the earth, to encourage, strengthen, and build one another, to unify everyone under the Gospel, and to seek God together for His direction for them as a whole.
Without question, one does not need to attend any one church service in order to enter a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. But if one wants to successful function as part of the body of Christ, one would need to be "a part of" to gathering of the body of Christ.
Think of it this way, what if your hand was attached to someone else's body???