Let’s Meet Together!

October 26, 2011

I spoke at FCA this morning at the local school. It is so amazing to me that so many students come to these meetings. There were fewer students today than the last two weeks that I have been there though. Maybe they heard I would be speaking. Even with fewer students there were still 25-30 teens present. That just blows me away! When we did See You at the Pole here, there were 100+ students there!

It is encouraging for me to see so many teens involved in Christian activities. I realize that not all of them necessarily take their faith seriously and they are all at different points in their walk with Christ, but that is what’s so cool about it! If they are present, at least they are able to hear the Word of God being presented.

Seeing all of them together makes me think about how important it is to have a Christian community. God did not intend for us to go through this life alone. Jesus told us there would be problems along the way and that is one reason why it is so important for believers to continue meeting together. I’m going to tell a story and then list some reasons to keep meeting together.

I heard a sermon preached once by a guy named Stephen Walton. He told a story about a time when he was serving in the army over in Iraq. They had stopped a truck to check it and make sure everything was okay in it. Stephen got up in the truck and found a leather book. When he asked the man what the book was, in his broken English the man replied “a Bible.” Somehow they both got around to letting each other know they were both Christians. At this news the Iraqi man hugged Stephen and sobbed on him saying it had been so long since he had come across another believer. This man lived in a completely non-Christian environment and the effects had worn him out. He longed for another Christian to see! (Stephen and his wife Alisa will be going to Ireland for mission work in November 2011. You can check out their mission and ways to support them by clicking here.)

So why should we keep meeting together?

Because the Bible says we should. Alright, let’s start with the easy one. In Hebrews 10:25, we are told not to be”forsaking our own assembling together as is the habit of some” . The early Church met together daily. Why is it so difficult for us to plan out 1 to 2 hours a week to meet together? This should be a special time. We are meeting together with others who believe the same as we do! How exciting is that?! The world hates our beliefs. Our beliefs are not tolerant or they are too extreme so they push back and argue with us. That should not be the case as we meet together. We get to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord! We celebrate the forgiveness we have because of His sacrifice! Keep meeting together because God thought it was important enough to put in His word!

Meeting together encourages us. I pointed out to the FCA youth today that they have each other and should be there to help each other. Sometimes we feel like we are the only Christians at school or work or in our families. It can be discouraging to think that nobody has the same convictions or that nobody believes like us. That is another reason we keep meeting together! We are encouraged by other brothers and sisters in Christ. They can keep us going strong. They understand what it is to be a Christian in this world and can encourage you to keep it up as you encourage them as well.

Meeting together challenges us. This one goes with the previous one. As we encourage each other, we also challenge each other. We think up ways to challenge each other to share our faith, or to stand up for what it right. We can share stories (which is encouraging) and then challenge one another to make the same kind of stands. We want to keep moving forward and it is much easier to do that when we have a friend to help us along that path.

Those are only three reasons we need to keep meeting together. God loves us so much that He provided a way for us to stay on the right path. It is still not always easy but it is much easier to do with someone by your side. We were not meant to go through this life alone. We were meant to share the good and the bad with others around us.

So keep it up! Keep meeting together. Don’t let the meeting together lose it’s meaning. Challenge each other; encourage each other. Christ’s light shines brighter when more of us are working together!

What other reasons do we as Christians keep meeting together? Have ways are you aware of meeting together helping you?


2 Responses to “Let’s Meet Together!”

  1. I know meeting with my weekly group has been awesome for me during tough times. When I get stressed and overworked, I may miss other commitments, but I don’t miss my Community Group. They keep me centered in Christ. Great post, lots of good thoughts.

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