Forsake Not the Gathering
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Hebrews 10:23-25 NIV
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 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.”
First, let’s talk about the value of meeting together as a church:
The Greek word for “church” is ecclesia, which means “assembly.” So even the word “church” is about gathering together!
Gathering is a mark of what a church is,
- It is central to church life,
- It is what a church does.
We could say that gathering together is the oxygen a church body breathes.
Ephesians 4:4, 16 TLB
“We are all parts of one body, we have the same Spirit, and we have all been called to the same glorious future.
16… Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly, and each part in its own special way helps the other parts, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”
Matthew 18:20 KJV
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
Proverbs 27:17 CSB
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. …”
Luke 11:33 NLT
“No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house.”