Hebrews 10:24-25

Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

I’ve heard many pastors quote this as saying you should go to church. I don’t see it that way. I’m sure there are some smaller congregations where people really are encouraging one another during their meetings at some point. But this doesn’t happen in most services I’ve been to.

Then I saw this by David Black. I hope he doesn’t mind me quoting it here. It’s from January 31, 2009, 10:30 a.m. (see how hard it is to reference these things!):

I love these verses (Heb. 10:24-25, NLT):

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Wow! Does this not suggest the character of our church meetings? Does this not teach us that we are to come together for the purpose of mutual edification? Does this not challenge our deeply entrenched views about “worship”? Should we not suspect The Message of a bit of eisegesis when it renders “let us not neglect our meeting together” as “not avoiding worshiping together”?

Paul’s point is crystal clear: We come together to encourage one another. How we can get “We come together to hear the Word of God preached” from these verses is beyond me.

See the rest of that day’s writing to read more on the subject.

Hebrews 3:13 says: “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (NIV) Does this mean we are to go to church everyday?

I’m not at all saying I believe church gatherings aren’t important. I’m just commenting on what I’ve thought these particular verses mean.

(I used NIV because that’s what I have them memorized in and I would guess this is the translation that many may be familiar with. So I also used NIV for Hebrews 3:13 for consistency.)

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