“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…”
We need each other in one way or another. The only place we really assemble anymore in mass is a church building. Which is fine, but, the reason I believe people stop going to church is because it can be superfluous.
What do you mean by that?
I’m not saying what we are doing is wrong per say.. although I don’t believe in the announcements, singing, preaching then go home approach in a controlled manner. First of all the trinity isn’t a control freak and the HS flows at His will. Most modern day churches miss it and I think it is causing a dark ages for the church. Now, I’m not saying that announcements, worship, and preaching is wrong. Far from it but the way it is done can be quite boring. Some churches do have an awesome worship time and do let the HS flow. But the majority as I have seen while moving throughout the USA is substantially boring and not challenging at all with worship music that died in the 1800’s.
Now back to point. What is the importance in attending then? Even if all these things are true and it seems to be a drag?
A lot of God’s fire people have left the church. Wonderful people that live out loud have simply stopped attending because they don’t like the agenda. But, we need to get over ourselves in that manner because without going then nothing can be done that is well for the Lord within a church atmosphere. It almost makes us, “lukewarm” in a sense and we know what happens then. Furthermore, we are inclined by God to keep gathering with His people to exhort each other for the day is surely coming. Keep each other lifted up.
We’re missing teachers, we’re missing the prophetic, we’re missing the apostles, we’re missing the evangelists but we are outnumbered with pastors everywhere. Are pastors the only ones that have remained faithful to the church?
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers…”
Hello! Please come back!
“to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up”
..but I found the prophets hiding in their own homes..
“until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
Doesn’t it seem so far out of reach? Have we really let the world’s competition get in the middle of church? Have we really chastised each other out? Have we really squashed each other in the name of exhortation? Have we really kicked out the prophets and put them in hiding? Have we really settled for teaching of the simple things? Have we turned down the meat of the scripture? Have we really tried to organize the Holy Spirit? Have we really tried to say 30 minutes of worship is enough? Have we really given into the NFL instead of God? Have we really given into the need for people to have to be home vs gathered? Has this generation really missed the point?
We should forgive each other and reunite. It’d do the kingdom wonders. Press on saints!