Corporate Worship Is a Biblical Command
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and ball the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24–25
The gathering of the Saints on the Sabbath is a precious gift. It gives us a tiny glimpse of Heaven. Those Christ has redeemed assemble together to offer praise and worship to Him, and the preaching and teaching of the Word is delivered in a unique way that feeds the flock. Corporate worship is a vital thing in the Kingdom of God, and some miss out on this blessing by not attending it.
Corporate worship is a biblical command. We are instructed not to forsake the assembly (Hebrews 10:24-25). We are the body of Christ—every member is vital and important to another’s growth. Every person is vital to the family of God, and everyone that has been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb is a part of His body (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). A foot is not able to function on its own, a hand cannot survive detached, nor can the Christian who is severed from his or her church family thrive solo.
There are no such thing as lone wolves in Christianity. Our Lord did not call us His sheep without special meaning. Sheep often perish when left on their own. There is safety, support, and love in numbers. The spiritual benefits we receive by attending church regularly and corporately are vital. We live in a fallen world that hates us and a spiritual battle happens throughout each day. We need to be built up. We need encouragement. We need one another. We need the accountability and edification that gathering with God’s people provides us.
We must ask ourselves, those who make a habit of not gathering with God’s beloved, what is keeping us from this biblical command? There is a great danger is backsliding from church. We open ourselves up to the danger of being an easier target for apostasy and drifting on our own—often toward something destructive. A sure sign of loving Christ is loving His people and yearning to be around them (1 John 3:14). If you have placed your trust in the Lord Jesus, you will love the church He died for as well. Do not forsake your spiritual family. In doing so, you forsake a commandment from the Lord. If you love Him, you will to keep His commandments, and if you love Him, you’ll love His people, too (1 John 4:20; John 14:15-21).
Lord, thank You for the tiny glimpse of Heaven You give us every Sabbath as Your people gather to learn and worship You. This is a good command You have given us and a wonderful gift of grace to share in the communion of You by Your Spirit and Your Son. Help us to gather when You call and put all idols and comforts the world would offer us to worship the One true God. In Christ’s name by Your Spirit, we pray. Amen.
Examination time! If you have found yourself drifting or skipping out from church, there’s hope! Repentance is a change of mind and heart by God’s grace. Ask the Lord to help you in committing to your church family or finding one to commit to. Whatever your hangups are, lay them at His feet and be obedient to what He says.