Is Attending Church All That Important?

November 9, 2012

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Where do you rank church attendance?

On a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being the greatest, where to you place attending church service?

In light of Hebrews 10:24-25, it is an serious question to ask and answer for yourself.

 

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV)

24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

First, you must have a little background information on the text.

1. It was written to Christ followers.

2. There were false teachers encouraging Christ followers to abandon their faith.

3. The letter of Hebrews has already made some strong points on faithfulness leading up to this portion of scripture.

Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. (Note: lest we drift away)

Hebrews 3:12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; (Note: departing from living God)

Hebrews 5:11 of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. (Note: dull of hearing)

Now let’s take a look at Hebrews 10:24-25 with the three points I just made and with the three scriptures I just pointed out in mind.

Verse 24 tells us to CONSIDER one another in order to STIR up LOVE and GOOD WORKS

  • The word CONSIDER means to reflect deeply and always.
  • The fruit of CONSIDERING becomes PROVOKING each other to LOVE and GOOD WORKS.
  • We actually inspire each other forward in our faith.

Verse 25 tells us not to FORSAKE the assembling of ourselves together.

  • If you do a word study of “Forsaking,” it is in a tense that is present form.
  • In other words, it is a repeated action.
  • Some had forsaking, hence the warning.

Finally, the latter half of verse 25 tells us, To EXHORT one another, and so much the more as you SEE THE DAY APPROACHING

  • There is a high degree of obligation attached to the final part of the verse 25.
  • It is connected to THE DAY OF THE LORD.
  • In other words, the period of time when God’s will and purpose for all of creation and humanity is finally and entirely fulfilled.

Now…with the above information, I ask you the question once again.

Where do you rank church attendance?

Steve Wright

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Lead Pastor of Legacy Church and Author of The Descent to Compassion