Gathering With My Church (3/8)

Love Your Church

By Pastor Dan Williams, May 21, 2023

Hebrews 10:25 (NLT) And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

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Gathering — valuing the corporate .

Acts 20:7–12 (NLT) Paul’s Final Visit to Troas 7 On the first day of the week, we gathered with the local believers to share in the Lord’s Supper. Paul was preaching to them, and since he was leaving the next day, he kept talking until midnight. 8 The upstairs room where we met was lighted with many flickering lamps. 9 As Paul spoke on and on, a young man named Eutychus, sitting on the windowsill, became very drowsy. Finally, he fell sound asleep and dropped three stories to his death below. 10 Paul went down, bent over him, and took him into his arms. “Don’t worry,” he said, “he’s alive!” 11 Then they all went back upstairs, shared in the Lord’s Supper, and ate together. Paul continued talking to them until dawn, and then he left. 12 Meanwhile, the young man was taken home alive and well, and everyone was greatly relieved.

Acts 20:7–12 (NLT) Paul’s Final Visit to Troas 7 On the first day of the week, we gathered with the local believers…

God uses a weekly corporate gathering to our souls & our faith.

4 Ways

They help you yourself with consistency.

They help you yourself with a community.

They help you yourself with the truth.

1 Timothy 4:13

They help you yourself with a response.

Ephesians 5:18–20 , Colossians 3:16 (NLT)

What now?

  • Prioritize your participation in the corporate gathering.
  • Create some special traditions on the day of corporate worship.
  • Recognize that you need your church & your church needs you.

Continuing The Conversation

1. In the early church, Christians neglected their regular gathering with other believers because they were scattered & persecuted. In contrast, what are some of the reasons American Christians might be neglecting the weekly Sunday gathering?

2. In what way has God used a weekly gathering of believers to nourish your soul or strengthen your faith?

3. Is there any lifestyle patterns that you might need to reset to help you better prioritize the weekly Sunday worship gathering?