Greene County Baptists

are Great Commission Baptists

Do I Have To Go To Church

To Be A Christian?

Joshua Hall, Director Of Missions

I suppose it has always been popular to say, "I don't have to go to church to be a Christian." This notion only gained acceptance with the Covid-19 pandemic, as many became accustomed to “doing church” from their living room. 

Technically, this statement is correct. Salvation is not earned, nor is it maintained, by doing good works - including attending church. I have a friend who likes to say, “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to McDonald’s makes you a cheeseburger.” In other words, only the grace of God saves us, and only the power of God preserves our salvation. However, if you think God doesn't care if you attend church, you are wrong.

Hebrews 10:24-25 says, "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching."

Make no mistake. God does expect Christians to regularly assemble with other believers. When you forsake this aspect of your faith, you are in direct

violation of God's Word. It is impossible to be a healthy Christian, and not be committed to a local church.

There are many good reasons why God commands Christians to physically assemble together. We worship. We organize for ministry and evangelism. We grow in our faith. We enjoy fellowship and encouragement. We observe the ordinances.

At this point there are always those who say, "I can worship at home or on the lake. I can grow in my faith by watching a television sermon, or listening to a podcast. I can contribute to ministry and missions by giving online to charitable organizations and Christian causes. Why do I need to attend a local church?"

First of all, let me be candid and say I have never met a non-church-attender who actually does all those things. I’m not saying such a person doesn’t exist, I’m just saying they are the exception to the rule. Nevertheless, for the sake of argument, let's assume this does describe you. Let's assume you are the model Christian, and have no need for the encouragement and accountability of other believers.

It doesn't matter. Other believers need you.

Look again at Hebrews 10:24. What is the first phrase in that verse? - "Let us consider one another.Contrary to popular opinion, we don't just go to church for ourselves; we go to church for others. We don't just go to church to receive; we go to church to give. We go to church to be part of something bigger than ourselves - the Body of Christ. We need to remember this.                                                                            

One final thought ... While it is technically correct to say that church attendance doesn't make one a Christian, 1 John 1:7 does add this little wrinkle, "if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another ..." You may not have to go to church to be a Christian but, on the other hand, you may not be a Christian if you don't go to church.

The 2023 GCBA

Pastor/Staff & Spouse

Christmas Dinner

December 5, 2023, at 6:00 pm, at Harmony Baptist Church, 5105 S. State Hwy 125, Rogersville, MO.

The cost is $15 per person and you must have a reservation.

Reserve your spot at

Grand Oak Mission Center

Grand Oak would like to share it’s legacy and how together as individuals and churches we have impacted the Kingdom & fulfilled the Great Commission. If you or someone you know has either served at Grand Oak or was a neighbor we helped has a story about your experience, please email it to us at


Interested in serving? Visit the Grand Oak tab at

Churches responsible for food in November:


Forged By Grace



North Star

Springfield, Second

-Calendar Events- 


6 Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer, Golden Avenue, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

14 Pastors' Wives Event, GCBA Ministry Center, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

16 Lunch with a Purpose, Associational Office, 11:30 am

23-24 GCBA Ministry Center & Grand Oak closed - Thanksgiving

30 Live Nativity, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 6:30 pm & 7:30 pm



1-2 Live Nativity, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 6:30 pm & 7:30 pm

3-10 Week of Prayer for International Missions/Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

4 Christmas Dinner for Ethnic Pastors

5 Pastor/Staff & Spouse Christmas Dinner, Harmony, 6:00 pm

25-29 GCBA Ministry Center & Grand Oak closed—Christmas



1 GCBA Ministry Center Closed

1-8 Grand Oak Mission Center Closed

18 Biblical Preaching Workshop, GCBA Ministry Center, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

21 Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

25 Biblical Preaching Workshop, GCBA Ministry Center, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

-Church News-

Clear Creek Pastor, Daryl Walker, will be retiring on December 31st after serving the Lord there for 36 years!

National Heights is seeking a PT Worship Leader and a PT Director of Children’s Ministry. Please send resumes and questions to

Real Life is in search of a PT Praise Team Leader. Email questions and resumes to

Robberson Prairie Music Director, Shane Harmon, has been serving there for 40 years! Congratulations!

South Haven is seeking a FT Children’s Minister. Position opens Jan. 1, 2024. Please send resumes to

2023 Budget Financial Report


Annual Budget $402,944.43


                           Budget Received        Budget Required

Jan 1-Sept 30     $314,305.59          $302,208.30

(104% of budget required received to date)


Jim Joslin Funds Received through Sept 30: $8,701


Joshua Hall, Director


David Jackson, Director of Grand Oak


Shannon Peelor, Office Manager


Burnace Smith, Financial Secretary


Samuel González, Ethnic Ministry Consultant


Doug Watson, Youth Ministry Consultant

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