Why can’t I just stay home on Sundays?



In 1 Samuel 3, we learn that God speaks to his children.

And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child. Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth. And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one. Verses 8-11 KJV

So has He stopped speaking to His children today? I mean we have so much technology out there and we can read the Bible for ourselves. So, why do we need to sit in a building and listen to “some man speak?” The fact that we say “some man speak” indicates that we have forgotten the essence of God using His servants to deliver His messages to His people.  In order to understand the necessity of being in fellowship with God’s people and hearing from His servant, one must comprehend the sense of “community” that our faith brings to the table.  We are symbiotically bound together. Scripture defines us as the “flock” of Christ (Luke 12:32; John 10:16; Acts 20:28; 1 Pet. 5:2–3), the “bride” of Christ (Eph. 5; Rev. 19:7; Rev. 21:2, 9), and it also tells us that we are being built into a “holy temple” in the Lord (Eph. 2:21). This verbiage speaks to the corporate nature of our fellowship and faith.

The church’s history is built upon the premise that there will be a leader who teaches the congregations.  Acts 2:42And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” demonstrates that the early church Christians met together consistently for the purpose of teaching, fellowship, the Lord’s Supper, and prayer.  Explore 1 Corinthians 12–14 to identify the importance of corporate worship and its place in the life of the church.

Now, what about the reading of Scripture in corporate worship? In 1 Timothy 4:13 Paul reminds this leader of a congregation of his responsibilities as detailed by his calling.

Until I come [Paul returns to the area], devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.

Paul instructs the Corinthians about how to worship in a corporate manner

In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, [The expectation here is not IF you come together as a church, but when  you come together as a church-the importance of corporate worship supercedes one’s desires to do otherwise. In order words was expected that members of the early church worshipped together. It is worded strongly enough for one to presume that it was commanded. Therefore, it is not optional.] there are divisions among you, and to some extent, I believe it. (I Cor 11:18).

Ok, so why can’t we just do it when we feel like it. In 1 Corinthians 16,  Paul classifies the frequency of corporate worship and also mentioned the specific day when the event should occur.

On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. Verse 2.

“on the first day of the week,” certainly implies that Corinthian church met for corporate worship every Sunday. Worship is something that our Heavenly Father has commanded in Scripture. Hebrews 10:25 delineates that specific command for us by telling us  “do not forsake the assembly of yourselves”. Strong’s explains that the Greek word for “meet together,” episynagogen, refers to the formal gathering of God’s people for worship.  This is not describing a social gathering where a group of people is listening to YouTube videos and someone is sharing Scripture from their perspective.

The Family of God in the early church gathered together weekly for worship. We live our lives on a day-to-day manner and as we week comes to an end we rejoice in the privilege of making that special “journey to the house of the Lord” to meet with our God “family!”.  This Child of God’s regenerated heart needs to be in fellowship with her family. Her God family. She lives for that weekly gathering when once again we greet each other and exchange details about our weekly journey; then the icing on that lovely cake is when the actual worship experience begins and as a group, we join in the chorus of creation worshipping its maker in a corporate manner. Then we hear receive instruction on how to grow closer to our maker and how to learn to love not just the people in our fellowship, but all people just like our Father loves us!

So Scripture is clear that when I determine that I am going to stay home on Sundays, or go to the beach, or play golf, or watch a football game, or just sleep in because I am so tired, or sleep in because I am in so much pain, or go to some festival that is happening in town or in a town nearby I am choosing to be disobedient to my Heavenly Father and I have made “me” my own “god.”





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