Hebrews 10:25 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.
The New Testament assumes that all Christians will share in the life of the local church, meet for worship and instruction, accept nurture and discipline, and share in its vision, mission, and work. Hebrews 10:25 shows us a clear command that we are to identify with Believers in the local assembly. The word for assembling of ourselves means “the gathering together of a group,” with the root of the word implying “a complete collection.”
No early Believers belonged to the universal Church and not the local church. In fact, the early church writers only stressed belonging to the universal Church to deal with the issue of many in the local church that had not been saved. To be a part of the local church required accepting Jesus which means you are a part of the universal Body of Believers in Jesus. There were many unconverted in the local Church and they addressed it with the doctrine of belonging to the Universal Church. In other words, you have to belong to something spiritual (the Universal Church) not just belong to something physical (the local church). Local church membership won’t get you to Heaven if you are not a member of the Universal Church which is only by being born again.
People say since going to church does not save people; they are saved and get to go to Heaven by getting right with God. Getting right with God is only the beginning and start of a Christian life. The Bible gives no examples of anyone who was right with God, who stood alone or did not spend time with other Believers. Hebrews 10:25 clearly states we should assemble and encourage others to this habit. This assembling and exhorting should be “all the more” not “all the less.”
Missing church becomes a habit of some. Believers who have this habit are just like an automobile engine that goes bad, it always misses before it eventually quits. Some claim they do not have to go to church because they say their home is the house of God and their family is the church. In 1 Timothy 3:5, it speaks of God’s house and your house not being the same, “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” This verse speaks of 2 houses and our family’s house is not God’s house. It calls the house of God (the physical meeting place), the Church. Here the house of God is distinguished from us as individuals and our behavior in it.
Do not neglect your assembling and the gathering together as some are doing!