Living in the Abundance of Christ, Making a Home

Do Not Forsake the Assembling…

“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.” Hebrews 10:25

 


Many of you have church families that you love and which you have been part of, and members of, for many years. So, going to church is something that you just do. Wonderful! (Truly). Then there are others, many others, who have been disillusioned, marginalized, and even hurt by people in the church. Leaving them wondering, and wandering, and unsure of what to do, or where to go. Some people have decided their best option is to not attend any church, but just to seek the Lord on their own.

“The church is full of sinners. In fact, I know of no other organization in the world that requires a person to be a sinner in order to join it. However, while all hypocrites are sinners, not all sinners are hypocrites.”            —R.C. Sproul

Jesus founded the church. He established apostles to be the foundation of the church (Ephesians 2:20), then ordained that there be a structure of local churches in the body of Christ. This is not man’s idea. There’s no substitute for the church, which Christ has founded and who is, himself, the chief cornerstone . Jesus died for the church.

When you don’t go to church you choose your opinion over the Bible. 

We are called not to “forsake the assembling” of other believers. This doesn’t mean hanging out with your Christian friends. It means placing yourself in a community of fellow believers. Not just people you like and get along with, but other Christians that are different from you. How can we truly love our brothers and sisters in Christ, if we don’t know who they are?

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?  Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:16-18

Listen, this Day 9, “Go to Church” post is as much for me as it is for you. I get it! Probably more than you realize. Maybe you’ve attended many churches and nothing seems to fit, maybe you’ve been stuck on taking a break from your church hunt. But I encourage and admonish you, as well as myself, keep praying, keep looking, keep going, and attending until you find a church family. This is not my admonition, but Christs! The Bible tells us this. It’s important! Remember that there are no perfect churches, and I think when we honestly look at ourselves we see that clearly, because we are not perfect -far from it.

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