Today, we had potluck lunch after our service and it was delicious! As people were standing around visiting and others were gathering in line to get their food, I walked back down the short hall to the sanctuary to help myself to some coffee. The sounds of voices and laughter floated down the hall after me.
Alone in the sanctuary, I poured my coffee and sat down for a moment simply listening to the wonderful sound of Christian fellowship. I quietly thanked God for the unity of mind and purpose at HPF. Joy filled my heart as I realized God is working in us and I was reminded of what Paul told the Philippian church: “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6
It is vital to your Christian growth that, wherever you are, you get involved with a body of like-minded believers. Many Christians don’t go to church for one reason or another. Most reasons are frivolous and tend be more like excuses than reasons.
Hebrews 10:25 says we (Christians) are to not neglect meeting together, as is the habit of some, but to encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Even in the first century, Christians had to be reminded of the importance of meeting together for corporate worship.
So today, I also remind you. Do not neglect your church attendance. Not going, as well as going, becomes a habit. Attending a church is an encouragement not to just you, but to those who you come in contact with. Did you realize that you can be an encouragement to others as you go to church?
The Day of the Lord is drawing nearer. As it does, we need to come together to worship Jesus. In worshiping Him corporately, we are strengthened and encouraged. It is from there that we can go do what we are called to do. That is to “go and make disciples.”