“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:23-25 ESV).
George Herbert once wrote, “The Sundays of man’s life, threaded together on times string, make bracelets to adorn the wife of the eternal glorious King.” And what he was getting at there was the importance of weekly church attendance each Lord’s Day… That simply gathering with God’s people around God’s Word each Sunday has a bigger impact than we could ever imagine. Every Sunday, by God’s grace, the lost are evangelized, the saints are edified, and God is glorified. Every Sunday we grow more in our sanctification—in our growth in Christ than we could ever imagine.
I once heard Sinclair Ferguson say that he’s never been mature enough to not go to church at least twice every Sunday. And what he was stressing in that statement was the importance of gathering every Lord’s Day with God’s people for our growth and stability in the faith. The hymn writer Matt Merker put it well when he said, “Just as drops of water carve canyons in the ground one rainfall at a time, so church gatherings shape our hearts week in and week out.”
The regular habit of gathering with God’s people, week in and week out, does more good to our heart and soul than we could ever imagine. We may not notice it as it’s happening, but before you know it the weekly rainfall of God’s grace that comes in and through God’s Word and God’s people carves a canyon of godliness in us. Just as we don’t notice all of the ways a good meal or a full nights rest nourishes us, so too is it near impossible to observe the immediate good regular church attendance does us. But, after years of habitually gathering with God’s people, the evidence of God’s transforming grace in our lives is abundant. So for the good of your own soul, and for the good of your brothers and sisters in Christ, do not neglect to gather with God’s people, but gather habitually and seek to encourage and stir one another up to love and good works.
I am nothing; Christ is all!