I found a book called “Finding Church” by Wayne Jacobsen, and currently I am on my second reading.
He had the audacity to address the primary fundamental verse that directs, no, dare I say it, commands Christians to meet every Sunday morning. (When I first became a believer, it also commanded believers to meet Sunday night. Oh and also Wednesday night for prayer meeting, but I digress…)
You know the passage – Lets read it together.
not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
So Wayne – how do you wiggle out of the clear direction the writer of Hebrews is giving in being faithful to church attendance? (This is where he has no argument – This is gonna be so easy!)
He first gives background or context to the passage.
He states – “It wasn’t written for people who no longer wanted to attend services. It was written for those under persecution who were afraid that thier association with other known believers would make it easy for the authorities to identify them and expand the persecution”
He goes on to state that the passage simply doesn’t apply to our modern way of meeting.
“”… they gathered to encourage each other, not to sit as spectators at a service.”
Maybe Wayne has an argument, a basis of his teaching that actually weakens my previous understanding. Dang it!
If you are in a church that implies the only way to find encouragement with other saints is to be at a predetermined location at a predetermined time, consider an alternate view.
The Body of Christ is surprisingly diverse and spread throughout your life. If you are restricting yourself to the local neighborhood body of believers for a one hour meeting, (which is primarily a monologue), you may be missing out of wonderful opportunities available in your life. Open your eyes and watch for opportunities to encourage and be encouraged in the Lord. (Not simply empty platitudes, nice as they are.)
By only attending a Sunday morning meeting, you may actually be violating the direction from the writer of Hebrews. Don’t let your perception of assembling together to be so restrictive that you actually suffer “encouragement starvation”.
Be encouraged. Don’t forsake the assembling of yourselves with other believers! Even when your not in a special building called “church”.
If any who are reading this and have found what I am describing, please let me know. If any are hungry for church life that “connects”, that is living and breathing, reach out.
Others may be able to help you. Comment as you see fit. I always love hearing from you.
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