A church bulletin blooper read: Potluck this Sunday- Prayer and Medication to follow. The Hebrew writer said, "Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near" (Hebrews 10:25). The New Testament church worshipped on a regular basis and is one of the reasons for its spiritual strength.
We gather together around the Lord's table on the Lord's day to partake of the Lord's supper (Matthew 26:28-30; Acts 2:42; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 11:23-29). The unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine remind us of the sacrifice that our Lord made on the cross for our sins.
We gather together to sing (Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19). Through the words of psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, we are able to not only worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24) but also teach and admonish one another. With the human heart as our instrument we give a sweet and harmonious sacrifice of praise to our God (Hebrews 13:15).
We gather together to pray. The early church continued steadfastly in prayer (Acts 2:42). Through Jesus Christ we have access to the throne of God. Early Christians "lifted their voices to God with one accord" (Acts 4:24). Let us be "anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God" (Philippians 4:6).
We gather together to contribute. The early church was instructed to give on the first day of the week (I Corinthians 16:2). New Testament giving is a free will offering freely and cheerfully given from the heart with purpose and planning (II Corinthians 8 & 9).
We gather together to teach the word of God. Early Christians continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine (Acts 2:42). When they gathered together they read the holy scriptures (Colossians 4:16; I Timothy 4:13).
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