Meeting togetherBro. David Chancellor
7/8/2007 11:00 AM
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
Jesus went to his home country and went to the synagogue to read. Why do we go to church? It was Jesus’ practice to go to the synagogue on the Sabbath. He saw the need to meet with others to worship God. Coming to church isn’t just a duty. What should we do when we get here?
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
This is one of the reasons why we go to church, because two are better than one. You can encourage each other to keep going. There’s an advantage to having others there to walk and talk with.
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
They were being taught by the apostles. There are benefits in meeting together as God’s people. We want people to see that it is good to serve God.
And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
Meeting on Sunday isn’t the issue, but to meet together. Paul preached to them. They met together to focus on God and to receive instructions on the things of God. We want to hear and get good from the word of God.
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith, without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works; Not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
This is more an admonition than a commandment. We don’t want to get turned aside from God. It’s important to hold onto our walk with God. Live to have a purpose. We can provoke or inspire each other to do God’s work. We come together to care about others. It exercises and inspires our love. We need time spent with God’s people.
1 Corinthians 11:17-22
Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you, and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
It’s not about gathering; it’s about what you do when you get together. These weren’t achieving what we read about in Hebrews. They were promoting dissension and discouragement. They were only thinking of themselves. We need to come and do our part as well as come to receive our part. We come to learn. We need to put our opinions aside to learn what is right and to come together. We’re not here to show off or to "be the best." The purpose is to build up people spiritually. We want people to get good. We want our meeting together to be for the better, not the worse.
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask; it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
When we come together we can ask for what we need in agreement of prayer. We can feel God’s presence in a greater way. Coming together for prayer is a greater way to reach others. They can come and get a greater feeling of God’s presence.