24 And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, 25 not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (CSB)
There are three reasons I hear every time someone returns to the mission. First, “I quit reading my Bible.” Second, “I quit praying,” and third, “I quit going to church and being around other believers.” The three habits of daily Bible reading and prayer with the regular attendance of a local fellowship gathering (fancy words for going to church) are three main ways of growing in Christ and recovering from all sorts of life controlling issues. Going to church or being apart of a local gathering is a habit that must be intentionally maintained and pursed. We have to want to be “plugged in.”
I just want to encourage you to not neglect gathering together with other believers. We all have a need for connection and community with God and others who are walking out the Christian life. We can not do it alone. Gathering together is just like charging your cell phone. We have to plug into the charger in order to make it through the day of use ahead. This is no different than charging our spiritual batteries. We can charge our “Jesus Battery” by reading God’s Word, prayer and attending a local church where we recharge, get guidance, and counsel from trusted leaders. We must not neglect meeting together so that we can be encouraged and fueled up to take on the world. So please stay connected whether its Marsh Chapel, one of the “Big” churches in town, or a local Christ-centered recovery meeting. Don’t unplug from the body.
- When was the last time I attended church?
- What has kept me from pursuing attendance at a local church?
- What are some ways I can overcome obstacles to my attending a local gathering?
- Feel free to contact Pastor Ryan for a list of healthy local gatherings and meetings.