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Bible Verse of the Day

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Why Go to Church?

Why go to church? After all, we can worship God in other places. So why is it important to attend public worship services? The writer of the book of Hebrews gives us some reasons. "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching" (Hebrews 10:24-25).

When we come together we are instruction to take careful note of others so that we might stimulate them to love and do good deeds. Christians are to look out for others and not be preoccupied with themselves. Real joy comes when we give someone else a lift (Heb. 3:13). Love and good works have been the distinguishing marks of a Christian throughout the years (John 13:35 & Ephesians 2:10).

We are reminded not to neglect assembling together as some did then and others do today. Jesus and Paul each had the custom of going to the public meetings. (See Luke 4:16 & Acts 14:1). Regular attendance at the services should be a habit for us.

There are many reasons why people miss going to church. Some, of course, are providentially hindered by illness or extenuating circumstances. Radio and television programs help provide these individuals with spiritual blessings. However, an essential aspect of Christian meetings is the fellowship among believers, and this cannot be reproduced through the mass media. When we gather together, we are to encourage each other in the Christian life for this is true fellowship. (See Acts 11:23, 14:21, 22 & 20:1-2).

As the time for the Lord's return approaches, we are told that our meetings are even more important. The Bible informs us that in the last days, perilous times shall come and evil will abound. Therefore, Christians will need to meet more frequently to encourage one another more than ever before to love and do good works.

With all the economic problems stemming from the downsizing pressure, natural disasters and the news about terrorist attacks, on top of the regular stress of daily living, this is certainly true for today.

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