Why Church? Does it matter? This was the question that we tackled last night at youth group.
We discussed a few different passages but focused on Hebrews 10:24-25; Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. The writer addressed the issue of those who were Christians, and not wanting to gather together (church).
During the time that the writer of Hebrews recorded this passage, there were multiple assumable reasons why folks chose to 'not gather together':
Hebrews implies that we should be meeting together and that it is even wrongful when we neglect this habit of the early church. In all the years that I have gone to church, the main reason for me was to learn the Bible, learn about Jesus and how I could better follow Him.
Now as an adult, a husband and father, I realize a deeper significance of church: walking together and with others in this journey of trying to follow Jesus in a world that doesn't often reflect the values of Jesus. Could I have done that on my own-could I follow Jesus on my own right now apart from others? -maybe to certain degree but the Bible encourages fellowship with other Christians.
I'm also moved by the fact that 'gathering together' back then meant gathering everyday for a few hours...together - a HUGE commitment of time. Often times, we find it hard to attend church once or twice a month, because of busy schedules and the strenuous demands for our time.
We ultimately have to agree that how we value or not value church is influential on our children. If it carries little to no significance in our lives...our kids who know us best will see that and more than likely value only the things that we value.
Let us be encouraged by Hebrews to continue 'gathering with other believers'- knowing that our kids will be gathering with us and watching us. Proverbs 22:6, Acts 2:42, 1 Corinthians 12
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