I am typically not one to count numbers and while I won’t share with you how many people participated in Meeting for Worship yesterday, I will gladly share how great it was to have a room full (and then some) of people worshipping our Lord and Savior together on Resurrection Sunday.
We have an understanding based on Scripture and modeled by Jesus and the early church that participation in the life of a faith community is an important aspect of our personal faith in Jesus Christ. While as individuals we commit ourselves to Christ and a life of following Him we also belong to the greater Christian faith which means we are part of something bigger than ourselves. Faith in Jesus is a communal faith and is best practiced in relationship with other Christ followers. Jesus modeled this for us in the way He interacted with and spent time with His disciples, and I believe the Trinity (God, Jesus, Holy Spirit) models this aspect of our faith for us as well.
We have an understanding that the church is not a building or a particular place, but rather the group of people who make up the faith community. What I am suggesting is that while we do have opportunities to gather together as a whole group such as Meeting for Worship on Sunday mornings that perhaps we ought to figure out when we might have other opportunities to get together and spend time as a church in small or large groups, in informal and formal settings. Our being together is supposed to assist us in our relationship with Jesus Christ and not hinder our spiritual lives. Being together ought to be something we want to do because of our relationship with Jesus and not something we feel like we have to do because of our human expectations and standards.
A reminder from Scripture for all of us to consider this morning comes from Hebrews 10:24-25
“24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 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.”
Some questions for us to consider this morning are …
Is participation in the life of the church important to me and because of my relationship with Jesus Christ do I make church participation a priority in my life?
Besides Meeting for Worship on Sunday mornings and other “church planned events” what other ways to I interact with the people I church with?
Why is participation in the life of the church important to me and my relationship with Jesus?