“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Why Go to Church?
(Please read Hebrews 10:24-25)
Worship is the honor or reverence we offer to God in our hearts. We can and do worship at home or on the job or anywhere else if we hold him in our hearts. Probably all of us have found certain times of solitude, particularly outside among the beauties of nature, especially conducive to offering thanksgiving to God, singing his praises, or just meditating on the wonders of his creation.
Why then does our text tell Christians not to “give up meeting together” (NIV)? Those people feared God and honored his name, and probably most of them worshiped regularly with other disciples. The writer admonished them to consider how to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds,” and to “encourage one another.” It seems apparent that the best way to do that is to get together and act in concert. People who join service clubs, or even recreation groups, know this, so they have regular meetings and some assess penalties for missing those meetings.
Church services hold obvious benefits for us. We have a great support system, people with mutual interests who care deeply for one another. In the earliest days of the church, people were so dedicated that they met together every day. When trouble came later and Peter was imprisoned, the disciples gathered and prayed. It may have been their prayers that caused God to provide a miraculous escape for Peter. So the influence of the sanctuary can reach far beyond its walls when followers of Christ worship together.
We hope you plan to worship with your fellow servants at the very next opportunity.