Why meet?

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

 

Hebrews 10:25   not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

 

A Biblical reason to meet with fellow believers. The why of “church”.

 

1 Corinthians 14:26 What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.

 

A Biblical plan for what meetings with fellow believers should include.

 

1Corinthians 14:12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.

 

A Biblical purpose for the meetings with fellow believers.

 

Colossians 3:12Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

Col 3:13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Col 3:14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Col 3:15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Col 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

A Biblical pattern for ‘church life’ with fellow believers.

 

What does ‘church’ as in the meeting of believers look like? What is its purpose? Why do believers meet? How do they relate to one another? The scriptures are plain in answering those questions.

Why – Hebrews states we are to meet to be active in

encouraging one another.

What – 1 Corinthians 14:12 states we are to

strive to excel in building up the church.

How – 1 Corinthians 14:26 states we each have something to contribute to the meetings:

each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.

Who – Colossians 3:12-17 states this pattern for relating to one another and meeting with one another is for all believers –

as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, and is to include the following:

Evidence of the fruit of the Spirit – – This shows up in our attitudes as we relate to one another

compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

Methods to settle differences – When differences arise or if one is offended there is a scriptural manner to deal with the difference by

bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Jesus states

So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Treatment of one another -How we treat each other demonstrates to the nonbelieving world that we are truly disciples of Christ

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.

Actions – this is to include teaching, admonishing in wisdom.

  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,

It also includes a form of worship -worship will include singing, leading the body into an attitude of praise and thanksgiving

singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

In what spirit should this be done? With thanksgiving –

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

Now the question is; When we meet is this what we see? Can this be accomplished in the “way we do ‘church'”?

Our churches are esteemed ineffective when:

  1. The laws of the land are created contrary to God’s Word
  2. A town of 40,000 has 4,000 attending church
  3. The general tone or attitude on the street is self-oriented

We can say in this place the ‘church’ is ineffective and that is not due to a lack of ability – perhaps we have “harnessed” the Holy Spirit? This is also known as quenching the Spirit. Whose will do we follow? Our own? Mankind’s? Or God’s? Who do we trust to do the work? Where is our faith?

 

The church, speaking here of the body of believers, must rise up as an army of believers and begin to act like scripture paints the believing church, the bride of Christ. In that place it will begin to have an impact on those around it as it did in the early days of the church. God added to the church daily. The church was dispersed and each believer grew in the word, sharing what they had received with those around them.

 

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2 thoughts on “Why meet?

  1. I loved this post Gracie. Much to think about here. I do not think I have ever read a post, which was more on target then this one. Probably will be back to re-read. God Bless, SR

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