Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they CONTINUED STEADFASTLY in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
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.
Jesus didn’t save us for Heaven but also for living on Earth to fulfill His Kingdom purposes and Great Commission. Assembling together in fellowship and in church is included in that plan so we can be His anointed Body in our world. Prior to the exhortation by the Apostle Peter for them to SAVE THEMSELVES from this untoward (perverse/misguided/sin sick) generation the Holy Spirit had already been poured out on the disciples on the day of Pentecost. After they gladly received Peter’s word the next thing we see is them being regularly together and giving unremitting care or continuing steadfastly in times of teaching, fellowship, breaking bread, and prayers. Saved from their corrupt generation they became members of a new community called the church, a called out assembly of believers in Jesus Christ. A radical change in identity and lifestyle was to now be theirs. Instead of an identity only as an individual, now they would have a corporate identity, a community identity as the Body of Christ, the Church. They did not just live with their salvation just as individuals but together in fellowship as the Church. God intended them to be together, not in isolation and independence, and that there would be a better life together.
They had Jesus, they had the Holy Ghost and power, and they were saved but they needed kept from the sin sick world they came out of. While we are here in this world system on Earth as the Church and Body of Christ, there are forces, spirits, and dark elements that will try to chip away at our faith. Assembling together steadfastly around teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayers is the answer to keeping us set apart from a world hung up on sin and self. A world more concerned with saving the polar bears, whales, bald eagle, trees, and ozone than unborn humans in a mother’s womb. A world more concerned with the pursuit of happiness rather than holiness. A world more concerned with consumption, leisure, pleasure, and recreation than hard work, production, sacrifice and helping others.
I’m convinced that it is not possible to remain a strong, faithful, and fruitful Christian without a regular and continual relationship assembling together as the Church.
Is everyone perfect? No.
Is everyone just like you? No.
Do we have to like everything about everyone? No.
Will someone sometimes rub you the wrong way? Yes.
Will the messages always soothe and be smooth? No.
Will you be asked to support it with your time, talent, and treasure? Of course.
Where else can you find truth that will make you free; anointing power to break every yoke of bondage; healing power for every disease; mercy and grace to help; forgiveness of sins; release from your past, purpose for your present and hope for your tomorrows; care for your weak times; nurture for your young ones; equipping for your destiny; encouragement for your down times; celebration of your victories….
Where else do you and your family sit together for one hour with God on your mind except at church. If you think about it, the place where we are all headed whether it is at death or the Rapture, the Church is the place on Earth most like Heaven. It is not like this world.