Hebrews 10:24 And let us constantly be giving careful attention to one another for the purpose of stimulating one another to divine and self-sacrificial love and good works, 25 not letting down on the assembling of ourselves together, even as the custom of certain is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you are seeing the day drawing near. (An Expanded Translation by Kenneth S. Wuest )
Acts 4:23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
Every child of God is called into the fellowship of with the Lord personally and privately; but also with the Body of Christ, the local Church, publicly. Our responsibility for faithful fellowship is clearly stated in Hebrews 10:25. It is a command of God and not a suggestion. God never suggests anything. Yes, our mission starts when we leave the gathering place as God anoints our going with the power of the Holy Ghost and the Gospel. Yes, God can speak to us in a solitary private place like He did Jesus Mk. 1:35 but He still speaks to us in the assembly. Yes, our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost but until the Tabernacle of God that comes down from heaven in the new Heaven and new Earth (Rev. 21:1-3), there will always be a local place of assembling.
God has always had a PLACE of meeting where He could meet with man:
The Garden was a place Gen. 2:8.
Abraham, being called, obeyed to go out to a place Heb. 11:18.
Bethel was a place where God revealed Himself to Jacob Gen. 28:11, 16, 17, 19, 22.
God would choose a place to put His name in the Promised Land Deut. 12:11, 14, 16.
There is a place God plants us as trees of righteousness Psalm 92:12-14; Is. 61:3.
A place where as sheep we are in a lock or fold to be fed, increase, and be fruitful Jer. 23:1-4.
A place we can call own company Acts 4:23-31.
A place of the truth, the House of God 1 Tim. 3:15.
Don’t listen to the rebellious sheep who only have a commitment to the Church universal which is the Body of believers everywhere. That is why they feel they can go wherever they want on any given Sunday. I’d like to see a soldier in the military do that and just report to any base they want any time they want. I’d like to see that work for an athlete to just show up at any game and play with any team.
Don’t listen to those who say all you is a relationship with Jesus. That is not true. Jesus is the Head of a Body called the Church. To have that kind of fellowship there would have had to be a decapitation of some sort.
Don’t listen to those who neglect the assembling of themselves who say we don’t go to church, we are the church. Sorry, but, no we are not. The church is not one member but many; the church is the assembly of the many members. Yes we are individual members of a Body called the Church but we are the “called out ones,” who are to assemble. There is a place God has for every believer. The sad thing is we have mega churches filled with extra parts and small churches with missing parts. How can this be except that the Body is acting on impulses not from the Head. Find your place, get planted, and flourish . The place matters.