Summary: A sermon that encourages church attendance
"Does Church Attendance Matter?"
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
I. It matters because submission to God's Word matters -- "Not forsaking..."
a. The command
As this is an imperative statement it is clear that it is not an issue of preference, suggestion, option or experimentation. As with every command in Scripture there is the expectation that submission to authority will bring blessing and failure to submit will bring about the withholding of same. Jesus said, "If ye love me keep my commandments!"
A. T. Robertson translates this as "not leaving behind, not leaving in a lurch." It is the same word used to describe Demas who had forsaken the Apostle Paul.
b. The compliance
What are the blessings of compliance? Namely, that when we come together there is communion, fellowship and a sense of intimacy that develops as we worship together.
Jesus meets with believers who assemble together. That is his promise.
c. The caution
"...as the manner of some is..." is as the custom of some is, that is there were some who had already developed the a pattern of neglect. A careful reading of this passage will reveal that unfaithfulness in attending the services of the church is a part of a process that leads to willful sin and disobedience.
II. It matters because of the significance of the church
"...the assembling of yourselves together..." can be translated gathering together.
a. The Sanctified Ones
Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
b. The Separated Ones
The church is the ecclesia, "the called out ones."
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
c. The Serving Ones
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.