Skipping Church Is Foolish
I want everything that the Lord has for me. Many of the things He has for me are found only in the company of other believers. There are times when the Lord wants my full attention, times when I need to be alone with Him. We all need those times. But the thing that makes us believe that we can always go it alone is pride. The thing that makes us realize that we need other believers is humility. The times we spend in fellowship with other believers will heighten the times we spend alone with the Lord. Other believers often teach me and show me things about God that I had not known. He is wonderful in so many ways none of us can find and see all of them without the help of others. Attending church regularly makes us better balanced and more complete as believers.
Matthew 18:19: Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
Praying together increases the power of our prayers.
Matthew 18:20: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Nothing can fill the gaps between us and unite us like Jesus.
Psalms 133:1: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
We miss much that is good and pleasant when we try to go it alone.
Ephesians 4:1-3: I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Proverbs 15:22: Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
Walking worthy is walking with other believers and with their counsel. A couple of questions: Who are you being forbearing (patient) with when you skip church? Who are you endeavoring (trying) to be in unity with? Who do you have a bond of peace with?
Ephesians 4:11-13: And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
We need other believers and spiritual leaders until we become perfect men. We will not become perfect men until the Lord takes us to Heaven. We NEVER outgrow our need for other believers.
Galatians 6:10: As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
When you skip church you are not doing good especially unto the household of faith. You may be doing good especially to the worldlings.
Acts 2:42, 46, 47: And they continued stedfastly in the apostles* doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
If the early church was together daily and the Lord added to the church daily, how can we be so foolish as to believe that we don*t even need to get together once a week.
1 Corinthians 12:13-18: For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, 14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
Try to imagine one of your feet going off in one direction and one of your ears going off in another. Try to imagine what one foot or one ear could accomplish alone.
Ephesians 2:13: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
If believers are made nigh to one another by the blood of Christ, it is foolish and fleshly to try to be separate again. Skipping church skips a multitude of blessings!
Care to discuss Skipping Church Is Foolish with Ron?