Forsaking the Assembly

In Hebrews 10:25 believers are reminded of the importance of coming together. Christians agree it is God's will to gather together. Sadly, among Christians today, there is disagreement on what day of the week the gathering should take place. Some believe in meeting on the Sabbath and others the first day of the week depending on which tradition is followed. It's sad to see disunity fracture the body in this way because in John 17, Jesus makes it clear that through Him we are to be one body--unified.

Why We Meet

If we take a look at the early church historically and biblically, we learn that a rift over what day to meet does not need to exist. Let's go back to the passage in Hebrews 10. It tells us we are not to neglect gathering together, but what does it says about why we meet and when we meet? Heb. 10:24-25 says, "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." As we come together, we are to:

  • Encourage one another
  • Spur one another on toward love
  • Spur one another on toward good deeds

This is why we should not neglect assembling together. Note that it doesn't tell us to assemble together and sit next to each other, say very little and put our money in the offering plate. Unfortunately, this is the practice of many who gather—but the biblical unity isn't there. There is little one-on-one interaction to spur us on.

Early Church Meeting House

When we read about the Corinthian church, the church at Ephesus, or other churches mentioned in the Bible, we often interpret it through the filter of our worldview. For many years, I pictured a church building with people seated in neat rows listening to the letter being read by the leaders of the church.

In reality, the church met mostly in homes for the first few hundred years. This setting fostered connectedness and unity. It was the perfect environment to encourage and spur one another on. In Acts 2:42 we see that they shared meals together from house to house and they did it with gladness.

When to Meet

I know we could talk a whole lot more about why we meet, but to bring the topic full circle, let's look at when should we meet? According to Hebrews 10:25 the when is "all the more." It's not one day. Think about this, if they were being told to meet all the more back when Hebrews was written, how often should we be getting together today? In Acts 2 is says that they continued with one mind "day by day."

Something to Consider

Back before the church had big buildings, budgets and all the trappings we consider "church" today…they "turned the world upside down." They made a big, noticeable difference. How are we doing today? Maybe it is time to stop fussing about which day to meet and "practice all the more." We could gather on the Sabbath and the first day of the week, and even during the week. Just think of the difference it would make in individual lives. It could have a ripple effect in the world. And before you start hunting down the professional leader to organize it all, take a look at the last five verses of Hebrews. It wasn't written to the leaders, but to the brothers and sisters who were told to greet the leaders.

The real question is, if we neglect meeting all the more, are we forsaking assembling together?

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Angel709 5 years ago from midwest

I enjoyed this article. Thanks for posting!


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Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks Angel, glad you enjoyed it.


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noturningback 5 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA

Putting aside most of these quarrels over day of Sabbath, baptisms, communion and others would be best. Where two or three gather in his name, he will be there and have encouragement, but also have empathy and be willing to treat each other with kindness and share your possessions, even with a stranger.

Without love, we are but clanging cymbals. Good topic Donna ?


Joni 5 years ago

I agree. I think if God wanted a specific day He would have clearly said Saturday or Sunday. I think this day in time, He's just happy to see us worshiping Him as a Christian family!

Great post Donna! :)


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Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Noturning back,

Glad you enjoyed the post. I'll had a clanging cymbals article to my list. :)


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Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for reading, Joni! Glad you enjoyed it.


Heather 5 years ago

This article also reminds me of all the verses that talk about our relationships with "one another". We are to serve one another, encourage one another, build one another up, love one another, consider one another above our self, and on and on. Thank you for the reminder that church is more about the body and less about the building.


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Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Great comment, Heather. As I wrote it, I did consider writing a post about one-anothering. :) Appreciate your time to read and comment.


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DonnaCosmato 5 years ago from USA

Spot-on observations! It's time the "church" got out of the building and into building relationships like those in the early New Testament examples.


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Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Donna, I often think of how we are told to go and make disciples, not come here and make disciples. :) Thanks for reading and taking a moment to comment.


Tina Truelove 5 years ago

Hi Donna Sundblad, my fellow Georgian! I noticed you were following me so I checked your profile to learn more about you. Wow! You are quiet an accomplished person and very skilled writer/editor. I'm almost embarrassed to have you reading my amateur material, but very glad to "meet" you. I enjoyed this article. Thank you for sharing it. I look forward to reading more of your insightful hubs. I am always glad to meet another sister-in-Christ on Hubpages.


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Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Tina!

Thanks for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed my insights. I, too, enjoy meeting other sisters and brothers here in the virtual world.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA

Fabulous! Fabulous!! I had to chuckle in absolute agreement at DonnaCosmoto's comment: "Spot-on observations! It's time the "church" got out of the building and into building relationships like those in the early New Testament examples." From building to building ~ AMEN!!! So glad to read this with enthusiastic agreement!!


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Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Exciting and uplifting to meet you Judah's Daughter! Thanks for reading and taking a moment to comment.


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lemmyC 5 years ago from UK

Timely message. Especially now His coming is near. God bless you for the words of encouragement and comfort.


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Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Lemmy,

Welcome to my hub. I feel the same way about your articles! Glad to see you here.


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Ann Marie Dwyer 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

Great hub! It is dumbfounding to me anyone would argue over the day unless they were just trying to be "right". Seems like the Pharisees are still around, eh? Red.


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Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia Author

I'd say you're right about those Pharisees! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!


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Jeanne Grunert 5 years ago from Virginia

Excellent article. Voted up! Keep these great articles coming!


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Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for reading and letting me know you enjoyed it, Jeanne.


Deborah 5 years ago

Amen, Donna!


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Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you so much for letting me know you enjoyed the article Deborah!


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I guess that is why we have household gatherings of our members. :) This hub is a wonderful way to reflect on where we are right now.

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Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank your for the encouraging comment, ripplemaker.


Billy Mills 5 years ago

It's great to Vote for you, GOD Bless ALL


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Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you Billy! Much appreciated.


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bettybarnesb 5 years ago from Bartlett, TN

Very good article and well written.

Be Blessed


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Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you Betty. I'm happy you enjoyed it and thankful you took time to leave a comment!


Kelli-AdventurezInChildRearing 5 years ago

Donna, You'd love the little church we are currently attending in port charlotte- we meet at a community center and the "motto" is Real Relevant and Relational - sweet group of people there to encourage each other

Miss you and Rick


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Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Kelli,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Relationships are what build unity in the church as people take the time to get to know each other. Glad you hear you are doing well.


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ithabise 4 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

Great article and well-written, too. Glad I'm a follower.


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Donna Sundblad 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi ithabise, Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the article!

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