Importance of attending a local assembly

The Bible Church of the Lakes is thankful for the grace provisions that make it possible for bible doctrine to go forth to believers throughout the country (and even the world) through the audio files and documents which are available for download from this website. We hope this serves as a wonderful supplement to your worship through the study of God’s Word, but we encourage every believer to seek a local church. There is no substitute for face-to-face teaching.

All believers have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and He will give us understanding when we study the bible on our own, but we are admonished to attend a local church. Our own assembling together should not be forsaken (Hebrews 10:25). If you have an ear, then listen to what the Holy Spirit says to the local churches (Rev 2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22). Within an assembly we will have opportunities to build up our fellow believers and lay up gold, silver and precious stones for the eternal glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 3:9-13). And only within a local church can we find the guidance of a pastor who will serve as our shepherd. Without a shepherd, we are vulnerable in the angelic conflict and can become food for every beast of the field (Ezekiel 34:5).