Journey of Faith: The Gathering Storm

Series: Journey of Faith

August 09, 2020 | Dr. Wes George

Passage: Hebrews 10:19-39

First, we must draw near with sincerity and assurance in faith.

22 Let us draw near  with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith

Having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience
And our bodies washed with pure water.

Second, we must hold fast to our confession of hope.

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

We are holding on to something; therefore, it must be something that we already had.  It is a confession so it comes out of us.  It is not a secret but it is what we are known for and what we talk about.  It is hope so it has expectation and anticipation.

Third, we must stimulate one another to love.

24 and Let us consider (PAS1P) how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds

The implication is that we and other believers need some outside force to stir us up so that we will engage in love and good deeds.

25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some.

Gathering is spiritual, practical, and relational necessity for a Christian’s spiritual health and growth.

Is online or virtual biblical gathering? 

We certainly would agree that it could not have meant online when this passage was written.  Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us to further emphasize the in person experience. Where two or more are gathered in My Name, I am in the midst of them also affirms the in person experience.

Technology is a tool and a gift.  Someone has described online worship is like having a prosthetic leg.  It is certainly better than no leg, but not as good as having a real leg. 

We and believers through the years consider worship gathering a spiritual discipline necessary for our spiritual growth and health, just like prayer, Bible reading, memory, and teaching, fellowship, witnessing, giving, and service.

We and believers through the ages consider worship gathering an opportunity to fulfill the plural commands throughout the Bible to sing.

We and believers through the ages consider worship gathering an opportunity to engage in spiritual battle and warfare in prayer and singing together.

We and believers through the ages consider this a descriptive, biblical passage admonishing believers to gather for worship in order to encourage one another to love and good deeds.

We believe that this trinitarian context of faith, hope, and love is the pathway and measurement of our spiritual health and maturity.

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