When We Come Together as Christians

When We Come Together as Christians

When we come together as God’s family it’s so important to keep in mind the purpose of worship and the assembly. The fact that worship can and should occur in other contexts (e.g. private or family) must not lead anyone to the conclusion that the “assembling of ourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25) can be minimized or neglected. It’s fitting to note that the expression “Lord’s” occurs only twice in the New Testament – once in reference to the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:20) and later with reference to the Lord’s day (Revelation 1:10). Both surely belong together, united to each other by the resurrection of the Lord!

We come together to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31; Ephesians 3:21). Our desire is to pour out our hearts in praise, thanksgiving, awe and adoration to the God Who created, sustains and has made salvation possible in Christ (Revelation 4:8-11).

We come together to exemplify the church (1 Corinthians 4:17; 7:17; 11:16). Christians coming together locally shows a living, breathing, serving, praising
example of the family of God. It puts flesh and blood, along with names and faces, on the body of Christ. The church universal certainly is a biblical concept; however, so is the church in its local expression. Both ought to be properly appreciated.

We come together to edify one another. In 1 Corinthians 14, some form of “edify” or “build up” is found no less than seven times (cf. 14:3-5, 12, 26). In coming together, we seek to build one another up and encourage each other spiritually (see Acts 20:32).

We come together to express and promote fellowship (Acts 2:42, 46; Romans 15:6; Hebrews 10:25). This relates well with all that has been stated prior. There is a common bond and commitment in Christ as His people to the will, walk and work of God (cf. 1 John 1:3).

We come together to properly impress outsiders (1 Corinthians 14:23-25). People who are guests in our assemblies should see a lot of “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13-16). They should be struck by our sincerity and genuineness, love and desire to worship God according to His will.

We come together to commemorate and to proclaim salvation in Christ. This should be evident in every avenue or expression of worship (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:14- 17; 11:17-34). It should fill the heart of every worshiper. Every word said and every thought should express grateful praise for what the Father has done in Christ.

-Mike Vestal

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