It’s important we attend church not just on Sundays but in all weekly services and prayer meetings as fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. God commands us to be faithful in attending the meetings of our church. Let’s look at what the Bible says about assembling together, and how God views the church.
The main reading is found in Hebrews 10:19 – 25.
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
In these verses we can deduce several things:
- To “draw near with a true heart in the full assurance of faith (V22).”
- “To hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering (V23).”
- “To provoke unto love and to good works (V24).”
- “To not forsake the assembling of ourselves together (V25).”
- “To exhort one another (V25).”
The reason for doing these things is found in Verse 19. Because we have been saved by Christ’s shed blood, we should boldly be seeking the closest possible relationship with Christ. Christ, by His death, has removed all barriers between Himself and the believer. Our High Priest is Jesus Christ our God and we have immediate and full access to God Himself!
As fully devoted followers of Christ Jesus we desire to have as close a fellowship with the Lord as possible. The Lord also wants this and gives us further instruction by telling us to draw near to Him with a full assurance of faith. God tells us to holdfast our profession of faith in Christ Jesus, without wavering. There is no reason for wavering or doubting because we are promised and assured total access to God.
On verse 24 we are encouraged to tell others to serve our Lord. The key word there is “provoke” is not a passive word, it means to actively “incite” others, which says we are to do this with great enthusiasm and zeal.
On the verse 25, God then commands us, “do not forsake the assembling of ourselves together as some do, but to exhort one another.” Note that a vital part of provoking others to be faithful to the Lord is found in attending church. You cannot be a faithful fully devoted follower of our Jesus and you don’t attend church not just on Sunday. It is in our fellowship together that we exhort one another; “Exhort” means to urge someone to pursue some course of action. In other words, we are to be urging our fellow believers to be living faithful lives to the Lord.
Finally I personally think and believe going to church on Sunday is ones choice and a good choice at that. By attending church on Sunday you serve God first in your week, before you serve your boss at work or your family. As your first fruits, I think Jesus deserves to be first in everything, even our agenda for the week. Your worship must flow from that place of love for Him like the 1 leper that was made whole and cleansed in Luke 10, Jesus never said to them come back and worship me but he did out of his instinct and love for our Master.