Stirring Up

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV)

We don’t want to disobey the Bible. I think that is safe to say of anyone who really seeks to follow Jesus. Many times I have heard that not gathering with the church is against the teachings of Scripture. I agree! Usually the above verse is quoted in reference to this teaching. I think it certainly does teach that gathering as the body is necessary and valuable to all believers, but is it the gathering that is really the point here? Not entirely. “Not forsaking” isn’t even really the command in this passage. Look at what it says just before that: “let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.” So more importantly than the question of whether we gather or not we need to ask “are we considering one another, stirring up love and good works?” So, are we? Am I? That should be the question we ask ourselves. That should be our goal in gathering together. We can’t do this without gathering, but gathering doesn’t mean that this is happening either. maybe we should think about this when we go to church on Sunday, and assess our activities during that time through the lens of Scripture.

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6 responses to “Stirring Up

  • Dan Allen

    Jon

    I know I am not saying something new here by any means, but I believe this passage offers real Biblical insight into what God wants his gathered church to look like. Thanks for the encouraging comment!

    Dan

  • Alan Knox

    Dan,

    After talking with and discussing this issue with many people from many different backgrounds, it seems that edification is not a problem. Everyone is for edification. The problem is the “mutual” part. Most churches are all for edification as long as only certain people do the edifying. But, as you pointed out, this passage (among many others) shows that all of us are responsible for thinking about one another in order to stir each other up to love and good works. That’s what most people would rather shop out to the professionals.

    -Alan

  • Dan Allen

    Alan

    I think that getting the “one another” or “mutual” aspect of this and other passages would really change the way we see our role as part of the body of Christ. It changes the way we understand love and unity. Understanding this one simple truth would drastically change how we operate as Christ’s body. I’m sure I haven’t said anything in this post that you haven’t said 100 times, but I think it is worth saying 100 more times until we really start to believe and practice it. Thanks for the comment!

    Dan

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