The Lord’s church is the church for which Christ died. He shed his blood to purchase the church. Unfortunately, when man gets involved, he sometimes departs from the way that God has laid out for his church. It behooves the child of God, therefore, to ensure that he is in the church that Christ purchased with his blood.
Worshiping in song is such a vital part of our worship to God, but it’s about so much more than melody and pitch and whether or not one uses an instrument. Our singing is an opportunity to teach our brethren and friends, to reflect on God’s blessings, and praise His name.
Does coming to worship really matter? Whatever you may believe, God has certainly commanded it (Heb. 10:25), but he has also given us good reasons to want to gather for worship (Heb. 10:19-21). He gave us confidence to come before his throne through our Great High Priest Jesus Christ, who is the subject of our study for today.
It is likely that most members of the Lord’s church are at least familiar with the words of Hebrews 10:25, and many can probably quote the verse.
“…not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more as ye see the day drawing night” (Heb. 10:25 ASV)
The verse is so well known, and has been spoken about so many times from our pulpits, that many Christians have come up with excuses to explain how this verse doesn’t apply to them. It is often said that the “forsaking” of the assembly involves completely abandoning the church, and does not refer to those who still attend some of the services of the church. It seems to be believed that it is ok to neglect to meet together with the saints on some occasions, so long as we do not completely abandon the assembly.
However, the admonitions surrounding that charge in the first part of verse 25 begs to differ with that position. In the latter part of the verse, rather than forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, we are expected to exhort (encourage, edify) one another. And in the preceding verse, the Word of God reads,
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…” (Heb. 10:24 ESV)
Again, it seems clear that there is an expectation that we ought to be doing whatever we can to encourage our brethren.
When a person willingly chooses not to gather together with the saints, they are missing that encouragement. A person cannot be encouraged by their brethren if they are not surrounded by their brethren. Likewise, a person cannot be an encouragement to the church unless he is actively participating in the body. In a third place, what does it say about one’s dedication to the Lord and His church when we willingly choose to be doing something else rather than gathering with the saints? Jesus warned of the dangers of being “lukewarm” in Revelation 3:15-16. To the church in Laodicea he said:
“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Rev. 3:15-16 ESV)
Many translations use the word “vomit” instead of spit in verse 16. That paints a pretty disgusting image, but a lukewarm church is disgusting to the Lord. When we choose to be absent from the assembly, what does that say about us? Let’s seek to always be an encouragement to our brethren, and to show that we are not lukewarm in our love for the Lord.
Singing is a regular part of our worship in the church, and it has long been a part of the lives of God’s people. For this morning’s lesson we consider some good reasons why we, as the church, should worship God in song.
As we read the book of Leviticus, there are a number of instructions given, including specific instructions regarding to worship. In addition to commanding that they worship only God, He also gave them specific instructions regarding how, when, and where to worship.
As we have begun reading Leviticus in our daily reading, it seems fitting to spend some time in that often overlooked book of God’s Word. In this lesson, we try to hit some of the high points, and focus on the overall theme of the book, the holiness of God and His people.