I question the understanding and conviction of those who refuse to participate with a local congregation. Granted, covid-19 has affected most churches’ gatherings but most have gone virtual and/or made other arrangements. Not counting covid-19, many are not able to meet for worship or Bible study because of health issues. Those are understandable. Others who stay away make excuses but there is no acceptable reason for them to stay away. Hebrews 10:25 warns us not to stop meeting together, especially as we see THE DAY approaching. Ephesians 4:1 – 16 describes the church, its growth and each person’s part in it. In Matthew 28:18 – 20, Jesus commands us to make disciples. Disciples are people who commit to learning from Jesus and doing what He teaches – faithfully. In Matthew 25, Jesus gave the parable of the talents. Each person is responsible for serving God and benefitting His Kingdom. 1 Peter 2:16 says we are to live as God’s servants. To refuse to participate with a local congregation of Christians, to fail to participate in the Kingdom of God prayerfully and financially, to fail to care if anyone else needs to become a Christian is to turn one’s back on God. Such a person may believe in God, may pray (for self/health/family/nation), may read the Bible occasionally or watch TV evangelists. However, separating oneself from God’s people is to reject God’s church and the Lordship of God. We are called to serve, not to be self-serving.