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Two Ways to Forsake Meeting Together

Posted by on Aug 6, 2010 in edification, gathering, scripture | 4 comments

Two Ways to Forsake Meeting Together

One of my favorite passages is Hebrews 10:19-25, which includes this:

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV)

I’ve written about this passage a few times, but I want to point out something that usually not taught.

According to this passage, there are two ways to “forsake (neglect) to meet together.” First, and the one that is often taught, is you can fail to meet with other believers.

But, the second way is just as important. You can also “forsake (neglect) to meet together” by failing to stir up love and good works among one another.

In other words, simply attending a meeting with other Christians (worship service, Bible study, small group, whatever) is not enough. You can still forsake meeting together even when you are attending.


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  1. 8-6-2010

    Amen to that, just showing up and “punching the clock” on Sunday morning is not enough.

  2. 8-6-2010


    You are so right! The tragedy is, it seems the majority of congregations have been taught that attendance to a monologue meets all that passage speaks about.

  3. 8-9-2010

    i love Ephesians 5:19 that says we should “speak to one another” with songs, etc. I can personally remember many times I have been ministered to by someone who knew what i needed. I praise God for giving us one another!

  4. 9-14-2011

    Amen. When we meet together, we are like the pieces of a puzzle. The pieces are assembled (gathered together in one place); but they also need to be assembled (put together).