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.