Posted by: Heather | October 17, 2008

to church or not to church, that is the question

Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering (for He is faithful who promised),
Heb 10:24 and let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works,
Heb 10:25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching

Folks, I have a question for you to consider.

What is intended by verse 25 about “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together”? Is this what we do on Sunday? Think before you just give a knee – jerk reaction type answer.

How much of what we do on Sunday is essential and how much is extra? How much of the extra detracts from the essential? This may be getting the cart in front of the horse. Perhaps we should ask, “What is essential?”

Does Scripture tell us what is essential for “assembling”? Perhaps it does.

Act 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and the prayers.

This is what the early church got together for originally. It seems to match
Heb 10:24 “and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works;

Personally, in my own life (redundant, I know) It has been very revealing to sit back and look at everything I do in “church” on Sunday in light of Acts 2:42.

Another way of looking at it is to compare what we do to the persecuted church. If the consequences of what we do on Sunday were that someone may put a gun to our heads, what would we be willing to die for, and what would be negotiable?

Finally, I would ask, is it possible to attend church on Sunday and still “forsake the assembling of ourselves together?” You see, the purpose of the assembly is to provoke one another to love and good works. If we are so caught up in the stuff we do that we miss the provoking and being provoked, did we forsake the assembling? What good does it do to sit in the same room together in our “Sunday best” if we didn’t meet Christ and our brother together at the same time and grow? There should be meaningful teaching, real fellowship, rememberance of His body broken and blood shed, and real prayer.

Food for thought.

Craig

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Responses

  1. KeepItSimpleSweetie.😀

  2. I am reading through Acts right now, it is very exciting! I can’t wait to have discussions on it…


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