“Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer.” Hebrews 10:25 (CEV)
Church. What does it mean to you? The Bible uses many metaphors to describe it:
· the family of God
· a spiritual building
· the body of Christ
· the bride of Christ
· a royal priesthood of believers
Because of what religion has done institutionalizing church, she has become more synonymous with boring, irrelevant and outdated.
Modernists wonder what’s the point of church. Does the church have value today? Even many confessed Christ followers have fallen away and lost connection with the church. Apparently, this was not an uncommon issue. The writer of Hebrews challenges Christ followers to realign their priorities and consider the value of the church in their lives as a place to worship in community with fellow believers, encouraging each other to love and service. We need that today more than ever in our culture. We need the church. It’s vital to our spiritual health and purpose to share God’s love to a broken world.
The New King James translation puts Hebrews 10:25 like this:
“… not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some ….”
That phrase, “the assembling of ourselves together” pictures how parts make up a whole when they are put together. You can have all the parts to a bicycle in a box, but you’ll never be able to ride it until it is assembled. Disassembled, we have potential, but we will never realize that potential until we are assembled together with other Christ followers in the common vision to which Christ has called us.
If you’ve gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, rediscover the value of church this weekend. Shift your focus from seeking a church to meet your needs to worshipping the only One worthy of all our praise. Then, look for ways God may want to use you to encourage others.
You can connect with the Woodlands Church family through our Membership Class this Sunday at any one of our three locations. For those who are members, you can deepen your relationships with other Christ followers at Life Class and discover your full potential. We do life better together! Register now for either class and enjoy a free lunch on us. Students (sixth grade and up) are encouraged to attend with their parents.