In the New Testament the Apostles called Sunday, “The Lord’s Day,” (it was the day of the week that Christ rose back to life and exited the grave) and very early on became the day of the week that Christians gathered for Fellowship, Prayer, Worship, and Hearing the Preaching of the Word.
The primary word for Church in the Greek language is “Ecclesia.” The root meaning of this word is literally “the called out ones.”
The Church is a group of people (ie. Christians) who have been called out of their homes to gather in a public place, to engage in Fellowship, Prayer, Worship, and Hearing the Preaching of the Word. It is intended to be an open and transparent gathering, open to all with no hidden agendas or rituals.
So, as we approach Sunday, let’s do our best to gather with other Christians and engage in the full purpose of the Church in a public, transparent setting.
Having “church” alone and at home in private is not really what Church is all about. Home alone with the Lord certainly is a valid part of life with Christ, but it is not a substitute for engaging in the relationships and the full purpose of being a part of The Church of Christ.
Home alone with Christ is great for six days each week, but being “alone with Christ” is not what He had in mind when He designed and birthed The Church, also called His Body. The Church’s purpose is about relationships, and within that context to personally grow and to mentor others.
“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.”
~ Hebrews 10:24-25
Thanks for reading. I hope that you will consider becoming a connected part of The Church, becoming a part of The Body of Christ, if you are not already enjoying that kind of meaningful and fruitful life.