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August 8, 2018
August 7, 2018, 8:13 PM

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25

How often do you hear this question: Do I have to go to church to be saved? That question is coming up more and more in daily conversations. The short answer is no. However, there is a much deeper issue. Why would you not want to go to church? The number one answer to that question has to do with “hypocrites”. You probably hear that same excuse over and over. There are hypocrites in every walk of life. You work with them, go to church with them and are probably friends with them. Would you allow someone to keep you from worshipping God corporately? Would you allow someone to keep you from times of fellowship and spiritual maturity? Would you allow that “hypocrite” to keep you from having an encouraging impact on someone else? When we allow hypocrites to keep us away from church, we miss some of the greatest blessings God has for us.

What is the Church all about anyway? What are the functions of the Church? We will examine two of those functions this week. The church should be about evangelism. Scripture tells us very plainly that we are to be reaching out to those who are far away from Jesus. We reach out by sharing the message of Jesus with as many people as we can. We reach out by ministering to those around us who are in need. We reach out by developing real relationships with people so that we can be an example of truth to them. We may be the only Jesus some will ever see. Exaltation is when we join together as a local body to worship God. Whenever the early church gathered together they spent time in corporate worship. Everyone was coming together for the purpose of praising the name of Jesus. We need this time of worship together to draw us close as a family.

It is easy to make excuses for not attending worship. Many say they can worship alone at home while listening to television preachers. Others say they can worship God in nature while hunting or fishing. While these may be true, God’s Word instructs us to gather for corporate worship. Look carefully at the passage above. We are not to forsake meeting together because we need each other. Corporate worship draws us together like nothing else and gives us the opportunity to encourage each other. You may not need encouraging today but there will be a time when you need Christians around you. Why would anyone desire to miss that? Christians should be the ones who can get along despite differences, lay aside personal preferences for the good of the family, and overcome obstacles that negatively affect our worship. In this way, we truly worship God and encourage each other to be bold in our faith. May we thank God for the privilege of corporate worship and make every effort to participate. You will be richly blessed!

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