November 17, 2021
“And let us consider one another in order to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:24-25
Why do you go to church? There are a lot of reasons. Maybe you love the music. Maybe you really enjoy the sermon. Maybe you like the people there. Maybe you need some encouragement. Maybe you are hoping to learn something new. Maybe you need the strength to get through another really tough week. A local church family can provide some incredible things that every believer needs to live to our fullest potential in Christ.
But there is another reason to go to church that we often forget. Hebrews 10 tells us that we should not neglect meeting together and gives us the reason why: so that we would encourage one another and spur each other on. Now, have you ever thought about making sure you never miss church because there are people there who need to see you? Have you ever thought that you need to show up for worship on Sunday morning to bless others? Our gathering together was never meant to be a self-centered endeavor. Those who are hurting need to see you. Those who have felt alone in their faith need to see you. Those who have been looking forward to fellowship all week long need to see you. Those who have diligently prepared to lead worship need to see you. And, as a pastor, nothing encourages me more than to see my entire church family fellowshipping and worshiping together in one place! So, make church a priority because, even if you think you don’t need us, we are positive we need you.
Heavenly Father, give us a deep passion to be with one another. Give us Your heart of love for one another. Let our meeting together be driven by a desire to encourage and strengthen one another.
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Shane Cannon