The Folly of Worshiping God without a Church

In preparing for a Bible study tonight I came across a familiar verse in 1 Peter 2 – about how we are to “Come to Him as a living stone, rejected by humans, but chosen by God and precious – you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house…

More than I would care to remember I hear someone say that he/she can be alone with God while hunting, hiking, or even playing golf. I do not want to minimize personal worship (I have been known to experience God in all kinds of natural settings), but there is something in that reference to “living stones” that grabbed me today. A single stone really isn’t much good for anything. Stones must be joined to other stones – with some kind of mortar – in order to produce something useful and beautiful. The Bible says that Jesus is the Cornerstone – and I believe that the Holy Spirit is the mortar. Whatever – if you really want to know God you belong in Church!