As a Christian you are on a journey, but on your journey, you are not alone. In fact, the gathering of God’s people for worship is one of the most important parts of your journey with God. We need each other for the journey. You cannot be a growing Christian without also being an active part of Christ’s church. Psalm 122:1 says, “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” ( Psalm 122:1) Look forward to worshiping with God’s people. And then secondly, enter gathered worship with anticipation and joy. Look at verse 2 where the psalmist writes: “Our feet are standing in your gates, O Jerusalem.”
As Christians, We Need One Another
What about your relationships with other Christians? Do you need them? Do they need you? If you are a Christian, you do need other believers. God expects believers to grow in their faith and to do so by growing together in God’s Word. The growth and protection Christians need to experience occurs as believers assembled together as a local church—it won’t happen by individuals or families attempting to do it on their own. Christians and Christian families need each other to grow in their Christian faith.
Being With Other Christians Reminds Us We Are Not Alone
All of us struggle and at the worship service we remember that others are walking the same path of temptation and of being faithful to our God. The Bible describes the believers in Rome as being “one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (Romans 12:5). It describes every Christian in Corinth as being essentially connected to each other— “the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, ‘Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,’ it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body…the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’” (1 Corinthians 12:14-15, 21).
The Unity Of Heart And Focus That Worship Brings
When the people in a church dwell together in the unity of the gospel and together pursue the building up of one another in love, they are providing fertile soil for the roots of deep joy. The single most important aspect of balanced worship, though, is making sure our hearts and minds are fully engaged and devoted. When this happens, moments will come when worshipers feel and understand God in ways no one could have planned.
Passionate Times Of Singing God’s Praise Together
When we sing praises to God, we prepare our hearts to receive him. Our focus on music dedicated to the Lord helps to filter out the darkness of this world and allows the light of Jesus to shine. “Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.” Psalm 47:6 (NASB) Jesus died on our behalf. There is no greater love. That love should overwhelm us as we move closer to him in our praise and worship. Cry out to God. A worshiping community is made up of individuals whose lives are centered around the Savior they worship together each week. A worshiping community expects to encounter God’s presence not only on Sunday morning but every day. A worshiping community recognizes that passionate times of singing God’s praise flow from and lead to passionate lives lived for the glory of Jesus Christ.
How The Early Church Gathered Together…
In early Christianity, there were no church buildings. Eucharist was celebrated by the Church — that is, the Body of Christ — assembled together in private homes. These Christians would have thought of themselves as the Church and the place where they assembled as someone’s house. After the ascension of Jesus, and the start of the church on Pentecost, the apostles and early believers continued operating with Judaism. When they returned to their homes, they carried with them news which prepared the way for the Glad Tidings about to issue from Mount Zion. The first acts of the early church were prayer and supplication in the upper room, the breaking of bread from house to house, and miracles in the Temple. We know they shared life together, including worship. Gathering together was also a place of encouragement to go out and face the world with the hope of the gospel.
Paul writes, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” ( Colossians 4:2 ). He wanted the church to watch together for reasons to thank God together. And we are never without reasons. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). So, when you sit together to pray, give a place to give thanks.
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Evangelismania – We are a lively church focused on spreading the Gospel message into the entire world! Evangelismania was a term given to Pastor Shockley by God. It is a theme for our church’s strategy of…
- Taking every possible opportunity to share the gospel message of Jesus Christ to the lost.
- Taking every possible opportunity to invite someone to church
- Living a Christian life that shines the Light of Christ and supports church evangelism
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