This blog does not contain the space needed to properly discuss the importance of regular worship attendance at church. But here we go ….
I would like for you to read in your Bible, the book of Hebrews 10;24,25 “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of is; but exhorting one anther: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” KJV This passage points out three reasons for us to gather regularly for worship.
Number One: Consider one another – This means that if we worship regularly with other believers we will not only know their names and where they live, but we will know “who” they are. We will think about them – their, trials, difficulties and weaknesses. We will “feel” for them or be moved with compassion for them. This will call us to action! For they will see the same in us and together we can arouse, move to excitement, motivate each other unto good works. In this passage the word provoke is used in a positive sense. Encourage each other in all that is good with and to God.
Number Two: When should we congregate with each other? You know that we gather together to Worship God and to further develop our relationship with Him. The reason for true worship is to glorify God. Acts 2:46 tells us that the early believers gathered together daily, for prayer, study of God’s word and fellowship. This was the norm for the early church. Maybe that’s the reason for thousands of people being added to the church daily! Our church has three regular services a week, Sunday School and many ministry opportunities. It seems to me that everyone needs at least one good worship experience with other believers every week. Truth be told, we need more than one, but we aren’t willing to give up “earthly” things for our Heavenly Father! We act as if church is chore and God a burden. When in reality He should be the love of life, the apple of our eye. Regular worship helps keep us in touch with God. (Along with prayer and personal Bible study) It helps to develop our individual relationship with God. It also helps us to get to really know our fellow believers. That fellowship is love, encouragement and strength – shared – by everyone.
Number Three: We should challenge each other – Because in our own ways we waver in our beliefs and in consistency. We also tend to wander away from God. Maybe not intentionally, but drifting is a reality when we are not careful. And lets face it, we all have weaknesses. consistent worship helps keep us strong and encourages us in times of doubt and weakness. Another thing to consider is “the day approaching.” Jesus is coming soon and the Bible tells us we need to be ready when He comes! How ready are you?
Finally, the phrase “assembling ourselves together” is one word in the Greek language and it literally means, “a complete collection.” Which means for God and your church family, church worship is not complete unless you and I both are there! See you Sunday morning, 9:30 for Sunday School, 10:30 for worship!