The importance of meeting together as church: The writer of Hebrews says this:
“Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now as the day of His return is drawing near,”
The writer of Hebrews was writing to new Christians who had converted from Judaism, and because of persecution were wondering if they had made the right decision. Today we also live in an environment that is becoming increasingly hostile towards the church and its practises. Perhaps you are also wondering about the point of gathered church. Why can’t we each just believe in God and read the Bible and pray at home? Here’s a few reasons:
- You are part of the Body of Christ and when you don’t play your part it damages the rest of the Body. (Ro 12:5 says, “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.”)
- We need to hear God’s word preached to challenge our thinking, encourage us to stand firm, and transform us to be more like Jesus. Jesus preached continually to the apostles, and then the apostles to the people.
- We need to be rubbing shoulders with other Christians who think differently to ourselves (even on ZOOM). This helps to keep us accountable and gives us another Godly perspective on life.
- When we worship together the devil must flee. Satan prefers to isolate people and then speak lies to them (Think of Adam and Eve, and the temptation of Jesus).
- When we replace gathered church with personal pleasure we have already gone against the unity and commitment to Christ that He called for, and the early church demonstrated.
- Our prayers are more powerful when we gather. There, we have the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them,” (Mt 18:20).
See you on ZOOM in just a bit. May your witness be strengthened 😊