Read Hebrews 10:1-25
Have you ever encountered a Jesus follower who had no affiliation with a local church? I have. Let me share in broad strokes my experience with such people. In most instances, they are not particularly consistent in Bible reading. Typically, they have limited passion about their own faith, let alone sharing it with others. Their experience and practice is not exactly what God desires.
So what needs to change? Do we need to just make sure that they are present in a church building once a week or so? Is the goal that a person is regularly attending a public worship experience?
As commendable as those steps might be, they are not of necessity the full expression of God’s desire for His people. His plan extends beyond a building and a worship service time. His plan is much more relational. He wants to transform us through personal interactions with others. Here is the way it was expressed in verses 24 and 25:
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
As believers meet together, there is to be a strong “one another” dimension to those gatherings. We are to “encourage one another.” We are to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Did you experience that encouragement and challenge the last time you were in a public worship service?
I mean this as absolutely no criticism to the public worship services of our church or local churches in general. My point is that there is a dimension to our Christian experience that is not possible in the gatherings of large groups of people. That kind of “one another” encouragement and challenge will typically only take place as you participate in a small group. It will typically only happen with people you are getting to know and trust.
Are you part of such a group? Are you in a Grace Group? If so, make sure that you take “one another” principles like these seriously. If not, sign up for one today!