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Harming Ourselves

Unless we believers are providentially prevented from regularly attending the most Biblical church we can find, and yet do not regularly attend it, we harm ourselves. We commit a sin that leads directly to many other sins. We deprive ourselves of the precious privilege of having the right and wonderful relationship with the Lord and with His other children that He wants to give us. Regular church attendance is for believers a privilege, a blessing AND a duty. We deprive ourselves of many blessings and commit many sins that we won*t even have space to mention in this article.

Hebrews 10:24: And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 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.

If we neglect attending a Biblical church, we are not provoking other believers unto love and good works and they are not provoking us unto love and good works. Are others seeing us go to church and our attitude when we are going there? Do others know we are going to church? Do they know we are skipping it? Attending church is a good testimony. Does our skipping church teach others that doing that is ok? Especially our children and neighbors? By skipping church are we demonstrating to others that God is not worth our faithful worship or theirs? If we are believers who skip church for no good reason, we ought to be ashamed. What easier testimony can we give than simply going to church?

Galatians 6:10: As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

If we are neglect church we are not doing good especially unto those who are of the household of faith. We do not fellowship with believers which can help us and we fellowship with unbelievers, which can harm us.

1 Corinthians 15:33: Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

John 13:35: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Church is the first place to love other believers. If we are neglect church, we are not loving other believers, we are not permitting them to love us and all men will not know that we are Jesus* disciples.

1 Peter 5:5: Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

If we neglect church, we are not submitting ourselves to other believers and we are not subject to them and we are proud.

1 Corinthians 16:15: I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) 16: That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.

If we neglect church we are not addicted to the ministry of the saints, we are not submitted unto them, they are not helping us and we are not helping them. Groups of individuals working together can accomplish much more than single individuals.

Ecclesiastes 4:9: Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. 11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? 12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

1 Corinthians 16:2: Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

I have known only a few believers who could not attend church regularly and yet sent or brought their tithes and offerings to a church. If you are a shut-in receiving these articles you have a computer. You can still enjoy many of the blessings of church attendance at www.northmesabc.com.

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