I know a few people who feel they don’t have to go to church to be close to God. Some of them stay home and watch television evangelists and other Christian shows and they say that’s good enough. There are some who site crooked preachers who are money-mongers, sticking their hands in poor people’s pockets, as the reason they don’t go to church. What does the written word of God say about this?
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 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. – Hebrews 10:24-25
In this passage of scriptures, we’re being cautioned about not going to church. In the MSG translation it reads: Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.
WHY SHOULD I ATTEND CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICES? I CAN GET THE SAME MESSAGE AT HOME, RIGHT?
Look at verse Hebrews 10:24. We need encouraging, especially if we’re trying to be in this world, but not of the world (John 17:12-20). When we’re woking toward a goal, it’s natural for us to get with the people we know are helpful to our goal. If I want to be a successful photographer, then I need to hang out with people who have the experience and can give the expert advice I need. Our goal as Christians should be being welcomed into the Kingdom of God, by getting ready for Jesus’ second coming and having our name written in the Lamb Book of Life (Revelation 21:1-27).
Having the goal of going to heaven, in the presence of God, we need to be around people who are going in the same direction. And the ones who’s been traveling the narrow way for a while can help get us there because of their experience and wisdom in this journey we all are on. If they see we’re faltering in an area that jeopardizes our salvation, they can step in and lead us out of that situation. They can see a gift in you that can be used to improve upon the ministry to others who are without salvation.
If we’re in the same worship service and I see you struggling, perhaps with a wayward child. Because I have experience with that issue, and God brought me out from it, I can help you through talking to you and/or talking to God about it. I can intercede for you. If you stay home, you won’t get that one-on-one interaction that we all need so desperately.
A VISION GOD GAVE ME
A few years ago, I was praying and I saw a group of people in a circle. It may have been some people in the middle of the circle. The people were praying. Then a wolf-like creature appeared, walking on two legs. It began to circle the group of people, but it never penetrated the circle of people. The people praying represented a church, and as long as they stayed together, the beast couldn’t harm any of them.
If you’ve ever watched a program about animals in the wild, and you saw how hyenas stalk a herd of animals, you saw their tactic which is very similar to the way Satan operates. Some animals are in a herd because it’s safety for them. When the hyenas move in on the herd, they select the one who either is the weakest one or has strayed away from the herd. The hyenas will separate that one animal and devour it. Satan watches for the sheep (us) who strays away from the shepherd and the herd, and he pounces on that sheep and devours him/her.
Yes. Attending worship with people who believe like you brings you into a place and presence of God where there is protection and provision, and most importantly, people talking about the one we worship.
Psalm 23:1 | Psalm 1:22 | Matthew 18:20