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Assembling


 

Many people are skeptical about going to “Church” as some understand what the Church is. The Church is not a building it is the body of Christ, or the saved, those who have been baptized of the Holy Spirit, the Children of God, etc. However you want to put it. The Church is the people. Even many who are saved are skeptical about going to assemble (or going to “Church”) , but in the same way that we have fellowship with Christ we are to have fellowship with one another.

 


 

Matthews 18:18-20

18 “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 19 “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my father in heaven. 20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

  (If you walk into a room full where there is tension between a group of people, you can feel it. You sense it and it can overwhelm you also. Likewise when you walk into a church assembly. Most often you can feel the love, a sense of goodness and holiness fill the air. You can feel the Spirit all around you.)


 

 

Acts 1:14

 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

  (Even though his brothers did not believe in him in the beginning, Jesus' brothers became believers after his resurrection. Some even became church leaders. James and Jude wrote the books "James" and "Jude" in the new testament. And Paul talks about meeting with Jesus' brothers.)


 

Acts 2:42-47

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

  (This is the greatest example that we could possibly follow in assembling. This is how the first believers had fellowship with one another. It is the example that those who came after the Apostles followed. And it is and example that we should follow today.)


 

Acts 20:7

 7 On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.

  (The first day of the week became the day of meeting together, and of worship. Though the day before was the Sabbath day and was most likely still followed as the Sabbath day of rest. Sunday became the new day to set themselves apart from the Jews who denied Jesus as the Christ, and a new day of worship to remember Jesus as the Christ on the day that He rose from the dead.)


 

Hebrews 10:25

25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

(So many of us take assembling too litely. Many say that they do not need to go to church to go to Heaven. Most of the time people make excuses because they just plain do not want to go to church. Church assembling should not be treated in this manner. We lose fellowship with one another when we stop assembling. This makes it easier to fall into the wrong crowd and become a victim of temptation. We cannot have fellowship with God and have none with our brothers and sisters. The apostle John wrote in 1 John 4:20-21 "If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.")