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Regardless of what your faith/beliefs are do you think you can grow spiritually without attending a place of worship?

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      Lazylola wrote Jul 28, 2009
    • Yes, I personally do believe spiritual growth is possible outside the confines of a place of worship.




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      Laurie Zieber wrote Jul 28, 2009
    • My experience: Some times more growth has occurred apart from the church.  Not apart from meditation and prayer though.




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jul 28, 2009
    • yes. My husband and I attended a Catholic church we liked and when the priest left we felt such a disconnect with the new priest. We switched to another church. We felt very uncomfortable there. I know someday we will land in a church we can connect with but for now I’m content practicing our faith on our own. I feel a connection with God and that’s what keeps me going.




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      Fraz764 wrote Jul 28, 2009
    • Yes, I think so as long as I continue to study, pray and meditate. Also I have to stay community with other believers.




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      Angela 'Cocco' Williams wrote Jul 28, 2009
    • Yes our spirit matures and grows as we become more intimate in our relationship with God. We can grow spiritual outside the 4 walls of a building.




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      Termite wrote Jul 28, 2009
    • Yes, Absolutely. I do not feel it is necessary to go to church every week to feel a closeness with God. I do not go to church on a regular basis, but I am good person.
      I have known several people who go to church every week, sit in the front pew, legs crossed, i’s dotted and as soon as they leave they have stolen, slept with their childrens teenage friends, drank alcohol with the intent to get drunk, and lied to their husbands. Please don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel that everyone who attends church on a weekly basis does this or acts like this. But there are many out there who are hypacrites, they want everyone to think they are someone they are not. And there are those of us who do not attend on a regular basis who are looked down on because we don’t, but we are good people! Does that make sense?




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      Carine Nadel wrote Jul 28, 2009
    • most definitely.  I feel your sense of faith comes from w/in-not an actual building.




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      Janet Wooley wrote Jul 28, 2009
    • We are not Spititual because we stand on the corner and pray or act holy we are spiritual because we have a relationship w/God, we follow his teaching and obey his word, you do not have to attend a church to get this. Some people feel the need to do this but I for one am more concerned with my relationship than going or not going somewhere.My body is his temple, where ever I go.




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      Vikki Hall wrote Jul 28, 2009
    • Janet I like your comment “My body is his temple, where ever I go.”




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      Deb Darby wrote Jul 28, 2009
    • Yes. I believe several teachings from the Bible.

      From the book of Proverbs - “iron sharpens iron“. This talks about friendship, helping each other become more like Christ.

      From Jesus Himself - “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there also“. It’s not about where, but about who and Who...even the beach, the mountains, prison (see the book of Acts in the Bible) or cyberspace!

      From the Epistles - “Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together“. Again, this is about a minimum of 2 people and I do believe, regularity. Forsaking gives the impression of an attitude of something like, “I’ll NEVER go to church again“, or not actively pursuing with at least one other person, getting together to work on our spiritual lives.

      Also from both the Old and the New Testaments - many instructions ending in “one another“...Love, pray for, give to, disciple, encourage, admonish, teach...not really possible without other people.

      Some worship services can be very inspiring, and regardless of the hypocrites (really every person there), many people who gather together really do try to walk the talk.




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      Coachmombabe wrote Jul 28, 2009
    • I, too, believe it is possible to grow spiritually outside of a church. In fact, I don’t think that during “church” is when I grow at all! I find the times I grow most are during quiet prayer and reflection, often on the heels of a difficult a difficult or challenging situation.

      What I do get from church is a support network and connection with others, and I do enjoy worshiping together. I find I experience much of the same support and connection here at Shiloh.




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      Deb Darby wrote Jul 28, 2009
    • Love that one, Cindy! How you be, Girl?




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      Angell VillafaƱe wrote Jul 28, 2009
    • Amen Termite! I completely agree with you!

      I also feel that you can grow spiritually without going to church. It is the relationship that you develop with God that is most important.




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      Susie Farina wrote Jul 28, 2009
    • We are the church so no you don’t have to go to a building to have a relationship with God or to grow spiritually. The Bible say not to forsake fellowship one with another. This doesn’t mean you have to sit on a pew every Sunday morning to have fellowship.
      I just love being there.




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      Janet Wooley wrote Jul 28, 2009
    • I think church is mostly the socializing that people get out of going I know I just love alot of people at my church and Church is the only place I get to see them.I like the worship as a group too. Alot of times the message speaks right to my heart, I am not saying I don’t go to church because I look forward to going to church.




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      La Shawn Henderson wrote Jul 29, 2009
    • Yes, I’ve just recently left my church about 8 months ago. I still fellowship with my friends who go to church and I still feel connected to God. I still feel him leading tugging and pointing me in the right direction.




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      Vikki Hall wrote Jul 29, 2009
    • I was told once that you can only grow in your belief by going to church and mingling with other believers.
      My thought was always that your spiritual relationship will grow where ever you are in thats what you want. Also I didnt understand the thought process behind mingling with other like minded people. Isn’t it better to want to share your spiritual beliefs with non believers?




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      Kmarie wrote Jul 29, 2009
    • Your question is interesting to me. Yes I feel that one can grow spiritually outside of church. Yet I feel the need to sya more. Belief is what i have faith in, Spiritually is more to me as to how I connect with what I believe, Religion is how I elect to epxress what believe. I feel that all elements have importance. I precieve church not only as social but as manifestation of what I believe, it is a public institution to gather fellow believers together to praise God then go forth to serve the world. I believe the Church is spiritual too. It binds believers together by faith & love the holy spirit intergrets the visible aspect together with unvisisble faith, belief, love. I believe the church is not a building, but the members




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      Tamra wrote Jul 29, 2009
    • My greatest growth in faith occurred during 12-step work.  And I had been going to church my whole life.  So I definately agree that faith can grow outside of church.  But I also see the value of regularly going to a place where others share a similar view of faith.  It makes for a stronger foundation in one’s faith.

      By the way, I really enjoyed reading what you guys posted here.  Very well thought out, and very well spoken.




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