A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is an individual experience, but it is far from a private experience! When you become a Christian your faith is not dependent on anyone else—each of us is saved by our own trust in Jesus. However, when a person becomes a believer in Christ he/she becomes part of the family of God—the church. Just as a baby is born into a family and grows and matures, so Christians are born into spiritual families that help believers grow and mature. Although believers can pray and worship on their own, we are also told by Jesus to do these things together too.
Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 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.”
Meeting together is important to our spiritual growth and encouragement. We are to “spur one another on” to those things that will help us grow as believers. We learn, sing praises to God and pray in Christian gatherings.
God Deserves Our Worship!
At church we worship and celebrate God’s grace and love. We also worship God because of who he is. Psalm 73:25 says, “Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.” The writer of this verse understood that God alone is worthy of praise because of who he is. He is the greatest, utmost and supreme Creator of the universe who displays his love to people everywhere. Nothing or no one greater than God! We have the opportunity and privilege every week when we come together with likeminded believers to worship God.
In the Old Testament the word for “worship” meant to literally “bow down.” As worshipping believers, our hearts, minds and lives “bow down” before the One who created and sustains us by His love. Of course, worship doesn’t just happen in a church building--worshiping God can happen at any time and place. But times of corporate worship are important and significant. God is worthy of our corporate worship also. Together we show God what is most important to us.
Mon, February 22, 2010
by John Brimacombe