Made for One Another

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Brandon Zoll is pastor of the Church of God of Exeter.

The famed verse from Hebrews 10:25 has been used by many preachers to stress the importance of church attendance. Sure, it is easy to draw this conclusion from what the author says, “Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

However, church attendance was not even a matter of his consideration. For starters, they didn’t have church attendance, especially not how we do today. Nor was being in fellowship with one another and meeting together ultimately summed up into an hour to an hour and a half, or maybe 15-minute overtime period, spectator sport at a place we would choose to go on a Sunday morning.

They were the church where they gathered, whenever they gathered, no matter how they gathered, and no matter for what they gathered. They were expected to gather. Jesus did not call forth one disciple but a community of disciples. Jesus did not call forth an individual but a community because we need community. We need one another. Jesus shows us this in how He sends the disciples, and later the 72, on their missional journeys in pairs.

He also says in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” We are made to be in a community, and for one another. God even says that, “It is not good for man to be alone,” (Genesis 2:18). 

Contrary to popular belief, the author’s intent was not to emphasize church attendance but to underscore the significance of living in an active community and fellowship with fellow believers. For our purposes, this would mean doing this not just on Sunday but every day. 

We also have to understand this is the third of three exhortations in a series that God is calling us to. The first is in Hebrews 10:22, “Let us draw near..” The second is found in verse 23, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” How do we do this? The third exhortation in verse 24 shows us, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

We only do this by being in actual community with one another—not just on Sunday but every day. It’s truly getting to know one another beyond the half-hearted pleasantries of hello and goodbye as we pass by. Now, do not get me wrong. Sunday is important, but if Sunday is the only experience of community in Christ you have, then you are missing out on the hope and promise He has given you by bringing you into a new family—God’s family.

Sadly, today we live in a world where independence is championed, and dependence is looked down upon. There is no shame in admitting you need others. The author of Hebrews makes clear that Christian perseverance is a communal endeavor. To do this, we have to be together. Without regular community and fellowship, there is no stirring, there is no spurring on to love and good deeds, there is no encouragement, and there is no accountability. God made us for one another and intended for us to be together in community. Not just on Sundays but every day!

Prays Together is a rotating faith-based commentary and advice column among the pastors, and guest laypeople, of area churches. 

This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Sun-Gazette newspaper.

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