And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25) CSB
We are living in a blessed day and time. In an age of information, the gospel is literally at our fingertips. We have electronic access to scripture through apps, live streaming, and simulcasts. We can DVR our favorite preachers, as well as listen to podcasts and attend conferences right in our back doors.
While this progression of technology is great, because the Gospel is being spread, and does help us in our growth, it is not a replacement for the community of a home church.
In our a restless society, the concept of a home church is becoming more and more rare. Just as we can tend to choose what parts of the Bible we want to follow, we tend to make the church for ourselves rather than about God. We exist for God, He does not exist for us.
I’m not saying that looking for a church, and praying for a church to call home is something that should be discouraged, but with so many options these days, we have forgotten to put our roots down. Don’t like the music? Does the preacher preach too long? The solution seems simple, switch to a church that meets your needs until something better comes along. But remember that no church is perfect.
This passage in Hebrews draws an important point, we need to get out and go to Church, put roots down and go and serve. We are to encourage one another and allow ourselves to be encouraged. We are to make disciples of all nations, starting exactly where we are in our communities. If you haven’t found a home church, I would encourage it. Pray that God would lead you to a place where you can serve and encourage those around you. Go be a blessing, and be blessed. We do a disservice to ourselves and the body when we do not attend church and fellowship with our brethren.
Father I thank you for your Church. I thank you that in your name, a body of believers can come together and worship, grow and serve. Help me to see where I can encourage, where I can help, and how I can glorify you within the Church body. In Your Precious Name, I pray, Amen.
Do you have a home church? You can search for a biblically sound church at 9Marks.org.
If you aren’t already serving, ask God to give you an awareness on where there might be a need.