Corporate Worship Isn't That Important?
So I read a blog yesterday that said that the Bible really doesn't say that we are to have "corporate worship" and that they whole coming together thing for Christians really isn't as important as we make it out to be. That meeting as a church is all about the joy of being in each others presence. I feel a campfire and a rousing chorus of Kumbaya coming on. Where's the marshmallows?
Well here are a few problems I have with that kind of nonsense (can you tell I'm ticked off). Hebrews 10:25 says: 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. (NIV) The books of 1st and 2nd Corinthians have much to do with their behavior in church. But Paul doesn't say anywhere that they shouldn't attend church.
Corporate worship allows you to connect to God in a unique and wonderful way. A way that isn't any less important or powerful than your private time with God. But very different! It allows you to experience the connection of worship through the eyes of others. Their expressions of faith will build your faith. Their heart will beat with yours. You're not alone in this kind of worship. It is the ultimate cure for loneliness.
NOW ABOUT THIS SUNDAY! Ever get one of "those" feelings? You know, the good kind? I'm here to tell you that I am already stoked about the worship music. The sermon - the service - EVERYTHING! I'm just sayin! If I were you - I wouldn't miss this Sunday!