Hebrews 10:24-25 is used by some to require mandatory church attendance at scheduled meetings. But in context, we see that this is not a command at all; it's not even a complete sentence. It is a clause that is connected to a command to provoke one another to love and good deeds. How can we do if we are not gathering? That is the focus of the clause, and the focus of this sermon.
Sometimes we view each other as the "necessary evil" that gets in the way of our loving God. When we view each other this way, passages like Hebrews 10:24-25 that exhort to continue meeting together are understood slavishly, as a way to obey God.
But when we realize that God expects us to love each other as brothers and sisters, and to keep on doing so, we learn that we need to encourage, serve, and mentor each other. We're called to more. We're called to love better.
In this sermon, I examine how encouraging, serving, and mentoring each other will transform our relationships with other believers, and with God. I also look at a simple concept called Life Transformation Groups and how these small, biblically-focused groups can help us achieve all three...and the transformation that God desires for us.
In this sermon, from Ephesians 2:19-22 and 1 Corinthians 14:26, we'll examine how we often use the word "church" to refer to a building. But this creates passiveness in us. God wants us to be active--he is actively forming and shaping us into his holy temple where he dwells. We need to be active, to participate, and to add value.
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