Summary: Sermon encouraging church attendance, fellowship and worship.
TITLE: WHY WE WORSHIP TOGETHER
TEXT : Hebrews 10:24-25
Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good‑works:
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.
INTRO: Can you imagine going to a baseball game by yourself.
PROP: THE SCRIPTURE ENCOURAGES US TO WORSHIP THE LORD TOGETHER.
INTER: BUT HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED THE REASONS WHY WE ARE SUPPOSED TO WORSHIP‑TOGETHER. THE FIRST AND FOREMOST REASON WE WORSHIP TOGETHER IS TO EXPERIENCE A‑SPECIAL UNVEILING OF THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST.
I. Connecting with other believers welcomes the presence of God
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am‑I in the midst of them.
1. As we are "gathered together", to‑gather together you have to have a‑place and a time.
a) times of services
2. Christ comes among us in a special‑way as we worship/praise His name.
Psalm 22:3 But thou art holy, O thou‑that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
a) Any given service is only as‑dry as is the praise.
TRANS: THE SECOND REASON WE WORSHIP‑TOGETHER IS THE NEED FOR‑RELATIONSHIPS.
II. Connecting with other believers through worship helps us
to stay spiritually secure and encouraged (1 Cor. 12:25-
1 Cor 12:25 That there should be no‑schism in the body; but that the‑members should have the same care one‑for another.
1 Cor 12:26 And whether one member‑suffer, all the members suffer with‑it; or one member be honoured, all the‑members rejoice with it.
1. We all need care, love, nurture.
2. We each need empathy (when‑discouraged)
3. We each desire encouragement
4. We all have to have appreciation
Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be‑overtaken in a fault, ye which are‑spiritual, restore such an one in the‑spirit of meekness; considering‑thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Gal 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens,‑and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Gal 6:3 For if a man think himself to‑be something, when he is nothing, he‑deceiveth himself.
5. We each need occasional‑assistance, and even forgiveness at‑times, because we all fall short.
a) This verse seems to say the‑first church was abundantly more
open‑than we to one another.
6. We each need answerability
Elijah was lonely and discouraged, because he was not connected with other believers.
He was all alone in the wilderness.
The questions is, “why was he all alone in the wilderness”?
God said that there were 7000 other believers in Israel.
9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the
10 LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?
13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?