Why Christians have to assamble together?
Christians must assemble together for following reasons:
• worship God (Hebrews 10:25; Psalm 95:6).
• break bread in remembrance of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 11:24).
• read Scripture and learn His Word (Ephesians 4:13).
• encourage each other (1 Thessalonians 5:11), to pray for each other (1 Timothy 2:1). Over all proclaim the Good News to all.
1. “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care” (Psalm 95:6-7). As Christians we worship God on a daily basis. From moment when Christians open their eyes till moment they go sleep, Christians worship God in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24); they meditate on His Word, pray, fast (if are lead by the Spirit to that) and offer praise sacrifices being with or apart from other believers. Because no matter what we do, we do it for the glory of God; we live for Him. But it is so very great privilege to have possibility to assemble together with other saints and praise God for all He has done; for all who He is. He knows how hard it can be to resist this present evil age, the god of this world and learn the new way of life; so God wants us to come together and give Him glory and praise as His dear children, may He in return by His grace can strengthen us and encourage to bring the light into us and this dark world. To worship God, to pray and praise His name being together with other believers is such a great revival for the child's of God!
- When we are together we break bread and drink vine remembering Jesus. Apostle Paul received message from Jesus and he passed it on to us, so may we always do it: - “The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the New Covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:24-25).
- As we come together we read the Word of God, we hear it, we study it and we grow, and mature not only as the whole church, but also individually. In every place where the body of Christ has been gathered, has to be God’s appointed servants - pastors, teachers, evangelists who help to understand Scriptures so, “that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17). God commanded us to study His given Word may we by applying His Word in a daily lifes do live a life worthy of the Lord. (Colossians 1:10). Paul gave instruction to Timothy: “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching” (1 Timothy 4:13). These words apply also to us today. We have to study OT and NT daily on our own, and especially when we are together with others. In the book of Acts 2:42 we can see what early churches did when they met together: “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 20:7). The pure Biblical teaching for gathering together as the body of Christ is clear and should be kept that way. We are God’s holy workmanship and nothing what we find not in the Scriptures should be added.
- As we come together we do take care about others who might have problems (emotional, spiritual, material etc...). We do encourage, we spur one another in love and pray for each other so, that when we go home we are uplifted in our spirits and continue serve the Lord gladly in our daily lifes till the next meeting (1 Thessalonians 5:11; Romans 14:19).
These words of Paul, given below, probable will give more insight in activities what we must do when we come together before our God:
“What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up” (1 Corinthians 14:26).
In daily life and when Christians gather together they ought to encourage one another “speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19).
And “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts” (Colossians 3:16).
As you can see and understand from the reading of your Bible, gathering together is nothing to do with traditions, rituals or in the curse of time men made rules.
So than, all of you,who God has called out of the world see that “just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:6-8).
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
One more important thing is - all who belong to Jesus have obligated to go and tell the Gospel, which is good news, to others. That is one more important reason to meet together - may all Christians who is led by His Spirit may learn the Word of God diligently in order to be prepared to tell others about Him.
Jesus said: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:18-19).
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” Amen.
(2 Corinthians 13:14).