"I don't need to go to church, I have fellowship in other ways."
Ever felt jealous of people who say this? People who do not attend church don't have to deal with complaints from varying generations, disagreements over small things, gossip, pressure of budgets, and added stress of trying to help others. There are times it seems like a pretty good deal to NOT be part of church. After all, wouldn't it be easier just to sleep in, watch football, go fishing, and hoard the money for yourself?
Seems kind of nice doesn't it? But the reality is that it is far from the truth. What it is missing is the gifts that God gives (Forgiveness, life, salvation) through the means which He called us to dispense. On top of that we need each other because we were made to be in fellowship (I Corinthians 12 and Acts 2:42-47). Is it going to be messy? Man alive yes. Will it be sinful? Yep. But there are many things we are a part of that are sinful and we still go and be part of that (Lambeau field)? The big part of church is that we are able to bring a Savior in the midst of that sin and give a solution/strength through it all.
Lord have mercy