Last Sunday night was a follow-up to Sunday morning’s sermon on the Day of Atonement (from our Leviticus series.) The concept was simple: Christ’s blood atoned for (covered over) sin once and for all.
Our response to God’s goodness is the three “Let us…” sections of Heb. 10. Let’s have faith, let’s live in hope, and let’s love one another, provoking each other to love and good works. AND, we are to encourage each other regularly. How about weekly? As a gathering of Christians. Like… church! (that’s what Heb. 10:25 is)
So here were the main points without all the explanation behind them:
- See forsaking the assembly like God sees it: as an abandonment of him. Heb. 10:25
- Admit that the warning is at least valid: that forsaking the encouragement of the Word at LEAST opens you to the possibility of apostasy. Heb. 10:26 and following.
- Instill the habit of church attendance even when you don’t see immediate fruit. I left soccer practice early every Wednesday as a teen, which impacts me more now than then.
- See church as a COMMITMENT, and not a RIGHT. Ban the “Country Club Church” mentality where you pay your dues and take FROM the church. Rather, contribute TO the church.
- Expect God to CHANGE YOU in EVERY service. Come expectant. God’s Word will change you if you let it.
- Keep the Kingdom first. Remember Bro. Davison’s message on Jesus’s words? “Take no thought…” (Mat. 6:25, 31, 34) Instead, “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (v. 33)
- Sincerely analyze your heart motives for missing. If you say, “It’s no big deal,” why? Tired? Homework? Job? Sleep? Schedule? (See #6 for some good thoughts on that.)