People need people. There’s a Streisand song in there somewhere, but it’s truer than we may know. I can recount a number of times in my life, where if it weren’t for the church, I don’t know how we would’ve made it… Maybe you’ve experienced the same. And if you haven’t yet, come, and see. We don’t gather together for bible study and potlucks just because that’s what the church has done since its’ inception. We do it because it’s good for us (slightly less so the delicious green bean casserole and peach cobbler, than the fellowship and Bible study!) But to really grow into the people God is making us, we need to be together. We need each other.
In the book of Hebrews the author reminds believers “let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another…” I can’t help but read this, thinking the author was intending a little finger wag, “don’t neglect meeting together, as is the habit of SOME.” Hint hint, you know who you are!
Though I think what we need more than a little guilt trip, is each other. The early Christians were described in Acts as devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. This is our goal, our focus, and privilege as we gather, and we’re better for it-encouraging one another toward love and good deeds.
This Wednesday night @6:30 pm, all are invited to come and gather together, and sign up for our youth and adult life groups. There’s a place for everyone. Come and see.