If somebody was to ask why the church meets on Sunday, we would likely answer, “to worship.” This isn’t an incorrect answer. We are called to assemble with the church on the first day of the week and worship is something they did on this day (Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1-2). However, look at one of the clearest statements made about our purpose of assembling together:
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet 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
Did you see it?
- “To stir up one another to love and good works.”
- “But encouraging one another.”
One of the main purposes of our gathering is to encourage each other. We are to build up our brothers and sisters to encourage them to continue loving one another, doing good works, and living faithfully to Jesus. This is not a religion of checking boxes, but if we assemble to check off the worship box, but fail to encourage our family, we’ve missed one of the biggest purposes of meeting. With that thought in mind we all need to ask ourselves this question; Am I encouraging others when we assemble?
7 Ways To Encourage Each Other When We Gather:
1. See them.
Everybody wants to be noticed.
2. Sit by them.
Nobody likes sitting alone.
3. Speak to them.
Everybody wants to be talked too.
4. Sing Out.
Participating in worship lifts each other up.
5. Stay A While.
Showing up late and leaving early makes it hard to encourage others.
6. Seek Out Others.
Go check up on your family in Christ and see how they are doing.
7. Share A Meal.
The encouragement doesn’t have to stop when service ends.
Encouragement is an always needed and ever important ministry. Be an encourager.