While I am convinced of the importance of private worship, I primarily want us to think about corporate worship and why we need it. The book of Hebrews does as good a job as any reminding us why gather with other Saints is important. The Hebrew Christians were struggling in their faith and the author writes to encourage them to persevere in their faith and commitment to Jesus. One of the ways he encourages them to do this is by continuing to gather together. In doing so, he explains why church, corporate worship, is important.
Corporate Worship Reminds Me Of What Jesus Has Done For Me. “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,” Hebrews 10:19-20 (NKJV)
Corporate Worship Encourages Me Draw Near To God. “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22 (NKJV)
Corporate Worship Strengthens My Faith In Jesus. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV)
Corporate Worship Encourages Me To Serve Jesus. “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,” Hebrews 10:24 (NKJV)
Corporate Worship Encourages Me To Persevere. “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25 (NKJV)
My commitment regarding worship:
Here are some tips to ensure that your commitment is truly a commitment that helps you grow in godliness.
Your commitment should be specific. Specific commitments are always better than general commitments. To make commitments specific, they must explain exactly what is expected.
Your commitment should be measurable. The idea here is that if a commitment is not measurable, it is not possible to know whether you are making progress toward successful completion. Measuring progress is supposed to help you stay on track and keep your commitment.
Your commitment should be attainable. This stresses the importance of commitments that are realistic and attainable. While an attainable commitment should stretch you in order to achieve it, the commitment is not extreme. The commitment should be challenging but attainable. In the end, unattainable commitment will discourage you and keep you from keeping your commitment.