Change of Habit

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And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  (Hebrews 10:24–25, NIV 1984)..

My Musings – “As some are in the habit of doing.” A habit is a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition.  Acquired means gained by effort.  Effort means conscious exertion.  Conscious means critical awareness.  A committed Christian does not unconsciously, without effort, fall into the habit of not regularly attending Church. Many reasons (excuses) are given for this, none of which can be supported by Scripture.

Rather than focus on the excuses, let’s focus on the positives of regular Church attendance.  The above text provides two reasons: encouraging one another and stimulating each other to positive (love and good deeds) action.  Things one cannot get in isolation.   Here are a few more.  Bear with another.  Serve one another. Love one another.  Challenge one another.  Sharpen one another. Care for one another.  Belong to one another.   Commit to one another.  Accountable to one another.  Comfort one another.  Complete one another.  Worship with one another. Fellowship with one another.

And all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Why wold this be increasingly important?  Do we see the Day approaching?  Do we see Church attendance declining?  What’s wrong with this picture?  Wake up Christians!

My Advice – The things mentioned above are all things that people generally crave.  Things that we do not get (or are able to give), when we “give up meeting together.”  Have you forsaken the Body?  It’s about time for you to consciously make the effort to make regular Church attendance your habit once again.  Whatever habit you have is your choice.  Choose wisely.  Choose community.

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Today’s musing was inspired by Lead Teaching Pastor Kevin Rutledge’s sermon on February 9, 2020. Check it out at https://www.fbcsycamore.com/sermons. If you live in or are visiting the area, come and join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. We’d love to be partners in the Gospel with you.

 

Author: thebrewisamusing

I was raised in a Christian family and my earliest childhood memories include regular Sunday school and Church attendance as a family. I was taught that our Judeo-Christian values were not just a part of our Sunday routine they should be part of our character and influence all aspects of our lives. I was also taught that as important as these values were they could not save us. We must also be “born again” by accepting Christ.

4 thoughts on “Change of Habit”

    1. Damon, thanks for your interest in my musings. As you encouraged, I did read the links. It is absolutely true that God alone (in three persons) is Sovereign, that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, and that all believers make up The Church (capital T and C). Some, to distinguish this from the local assemblies, refer to this as the “universal” or “invisible” Church. When I refer to church attendance (I’ll use small c) I am referring to the local assembly, which some refer to as the “visible” church. I am not a theologian or a Greek scholar, so I cannot personally opine on the preciseness of the translation in the text I cited. I have, however, consulted 29 different commentaries on the text, and of those that directly addressed the issue (about 25), all agree with my application. While I am in no way saying that church attendance or membership is required for salvation, the totality of the New Testament Scripture makes it abundantly clear that gathering together in local assemblies is at least very strongly encouraged and is most profitable (membership in a local church is not required). Why else would there be instructions given on church governance, church discipline, coming together for communion or letters to seven separate local congregations in Revelation, just to name a few? It is true that every assembly that calls itself a church is not part of The Church or that all who attend a church that is part of The Church are true believers. But a day will come when the wheat will be separated from the chaff. In conclusion, I’ll stick with the traditional interpretation that has been vetted by the scholars and withstood 2000 years of from what I can see as nearly universal application, rather than one contrary website, which appears to be a “private interpretation.” My intent was not to offend, but to offer my thoughts and beliefs.

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  1. God has planned for His mystical church, composed of all blood-bought faith-followers of Christ, to be manifested in real local and ORGANIZED communities to carry out his mission on earth and to teach us to have the same faithfully committed love for one another, despite differences, that God shows to us. He never leaves us. Let’s never leave one another. Beautiful blog, Steve, my ‘Brew’ther in Christ and in Christ’s body!

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