100 Verses #50 Hebrews 10:25
50. Hebrews 10:25
Not staying away from our meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near. —Hebrews 10:25
Hebrews 10:25 is the best church-going verse in the Bible, warning us against missing worship services. Indeed, our attendance should increase as the Lord’s return draws nearer. Why?
- Because of the rhythm of life God established. In Genesis, God rested on the seventh day of creation. It wasn’t that He was tired. He paused to enjoy what He’d done the previous six days and to transition to the next period of time. He was also establishing a pattern of one day in seven for rest and worship, which was later embodied in the Ten Commandments. When Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week, Christians began observing Sunday as their Sabbath, and the pattern was the same—one day in seven for rest and worship. It is built into the rhythm of the universe and into the pace and pulse of our bodies and souls.
- Because of the pattern of worship Scripture prescribes. Luke 4:16 says of Jesus, “As usual, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day.” Most scholars believe synagogues developed during the Babylonian Captivity so the Jews could gather weekly for worship wherever they were. Three things happened in those meetings: praise, prayer, and precept. The early church, made up almost entirely of Jewish people, met for the same purpose—praise, prayer, and the instruction of Scripture.
- Because of the family of God Christ has created. Ephesians 1:5 (NLT) says: “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” There’s no such thing as a solitary saint. Christianity is about relationships. The phrase “one another” occurs about fifty times in the New Testament.
- Because of the work of God to which we’re called. The local church is the only institution Jesus established on earth. He didn’t found hospitals, civic clubs, mission agencies, Bible colleges, or crisis centers. Many of these other organizations come out of the local church and are sponsored by it. But the local church is Ground Zero for God’s work on this earth. The church is God’s agenda for this world.
We need a weekly countercultural experience to counter the culture we’re in. We must counteract the popular culture in our lives. When we go to church, we’re participating in a global weekly network of people doing the same thing at the same time; we’re participating in an ancient practice that goes back to the origins of the church and to the very beginning of the creation and involves all God’s people of every epoch and age; and we’re involved in a habit that the Bible says is increasingly vital as time draws to a close.
There is something wrong with our Christianity when we have to beg most of our crowd to come to church to hear about it. —Vance Havner
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