As the last year forced us to approach church in creative ways, it also gave us the opportunity to reflect on the “why’s” and “how’s” of church. At Redeemer Church, we believe gathering together with other believers is essential, not optional. But why do we believe that? Where does that conviction come from?

We believe that God has created a people for himself and has been gathering them together since the beginning of biblical history. This is a theme running from Genesis to Revelation. We see this in the New Testament in the ekklesia, the gathered assembly. These churches gave local expression to God’s worldwide work to rescue people and draw them into fellowship with himself.

In light of God’s work, we are commanded not to neglect the gathering together with God’s people. We want to develop a strong conviction to consistently and expectantly gather with God’s people to meet with the God who has saved us.

Read Hebrews 10:24-25

How have you benefitted from gathering together with other believers?

What drew you to Redeemer Church?

What obstacles or temptations do you face regarding gathering for worship on Sundays?

Eric described three words at the end of his message: convictionally, consistently, and expectantly. How do these words apply to your commitment to gathering for worship?

Pray for each other to put Hebrews 10:24-25 into practice.