I’ve been hearing from church leaders that “many are saying that staying home and watching the live feed suits them just fine. They don’t plan to come back.”
Our worship services weren’t perfect. And I believe that we’ve over-emphasized and over-invested in them at the expense of…well, many things, including discipleship. BUT that’s not the point.
Of course, we’ve had to stop meeting for a bit. This isn’t about that.
As soon as you can, go back to church, you dualist gnostic!
Oh relax, I’m just being overly dramatic. But what happens when I believe that meeting together as the church isn’t necessary?
You may be afraid, and I understand that. But we’re not called to fear. As Christians, we haven’t been given a spirit of fear. (2 Timothy 1:17) There’s a reason our brothers and sisters in countries closed to the Gospel still find ways to risk their lives to meet in secret for gathered worship.
It’s ok to stop meeting for a time, but don’t get into the habit of it. Don’t give up meeting together. Don’t neglect meeting together. Don’t lose the good habit of gathering.
Whether your church will begin meeting on September 20th, or this week (like my church is,) or you’ve been meeting for months now, the scripture’s counsel is straightforward. Whether it’s in small gatherings or large gatherings, meet.
“Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer.” -Hebrews 10:24-25 (GNT)