Not Gathering with the Church Hurts You Spiritually

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In this short talk, Jonathan Leeman—9Marks editorial director and co-author of Rediscover Church—argues that virtual church isn’t really church. At best, it’s a brief fix for emergency situations (like pandemics), but it’s not good for your spiritual health. Physical church gatherings are the ideal, he argues.

Gathering as churches is crucial for your evangelistic witness, growth, discipleship, and perseverance in the faith. And gathered churches are “embassies of heaven—like time machines from the future” that anticipate the final assembly in heaven.