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The Commandment to Assemble

So, this has been weird. For 6 weeks, our lives have been like nothing we have ever experienced. And if we are to be honest with each other, our lives may never be the same again. And the way we do church may have been changed forever. That sounds scary, but it could be a good thing.

We are commanded to assemble. “…let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25) So, how do we handle these unprecedented times? And even more, how do we handle the return to normal life? And what will normal look like?

We really don’t know how people are going to respond to going back to normal. Some people can’t wait to get back to church. Some people will like assembling online and not want to return to the church building. And some people will have heard the Gospel and may not know how to respond to it. So, what should we do?

My heart is to continue to reach people online. (Remember, we have reached people with the message from places that are way too far away to attend Fairview Baptist. But maybe, we have reached people with the message and they can attend a church near them.) And still, none of this negates the need to meet together physically. The easy answer is to continue to do both. Let’s reach people online and encourage the assembly of the believers in local churches, because we believe that is the Bible’s intent.