Hebrews 10:23-25 – “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 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.” NASU
Those of us who have “confessed” or “professed” Jesus as our Lord and Savior need to hear this passage in the deep recesses of our spirits! We dare not waver in our commitment to that “confession” or “profession.” The devil would bring doubt, question, vain discussions about the Bible’s validity, supposed errors, and interpretations but IS JESUS THE SON OF GOD? If you believe that He is you have settled the most important question in life and have an anchor upon which you can hold in good times and bad!
We should seek to “stimulate” or “encourage” each other in that commitment and profession or declaration of our faith. We do so through LOVE and GOOD DEEDS. We do so by becoming a part of a “local assembly” where we can unite with other believers and use the “strength in numbers” truth to help us make it through both good and bad times. We are part of each other. None of us are islands to ourselves and need each other.
It is more than just getting together for “fellowship” and “mutual sharing” it is a time when the “Master Builders” those whom God has chosen for that Body are able to do the work of “fitly framing us” into a Spiritual House through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is a time when we as “living stones” are assembled into a fully functioning arm of the Lord to accomplish His purposes. Does that mean you will agree with everything that the leadership does or the church as a whole does – I doubt it! I doubt that they will agree with all you think, do or say either. We all are still human in case you have forgotten.
When I find people who cannot or will not submit to legitimate Spiritual Authority I find people that are easy targets for the devil in deception and are easily swayed into wrong and even false doctrine. Do I think that any local congregation has everything totally right? NO! Do I think the local assembly is needed and serves a ministry? YES! Do I think there is room for improvement in becoming more in harmony with the pattern of the New Testament Church? ABSOLUTELY! So how do we accomplish that? We work together we encourage each other and we refuse to allow schisms and divisions to be among us.
May God be with you as you go through your day in Him!