The New Testament frequently mentions the importance of the church (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 10:17; Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 13:3) and commands believers to regularly gather in worship with other believers (Hebrews 10:25). But why is corporate worship important?
First, worshiping together with other believers is required for fellowship, an essential aspect of Christian living. This sense of community was part of the first church in which they devoted themselves to "the fellowship" (Acts 2:42). We can read the Bible or sing on our own; we cannot enjoy fellowship by ourselves.
Second, corporate worship is a biblical command. Hebrews 10:24-25 teaches, "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."
Third, corporate worship communicates the importance of the church to the unbelieving world. When Christians show a committed lifestyle of coming together to worship God, they offer salt and light to a community in darkness (Matthew 5:14-16).
Fourth, believers should desire to gather for worship because it is a gathering of our spiritual family. First John 3:1 calls believers "children of God."
Fifth, we gather because the church is the pillar of truth. The church is "the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15).
Sixth, corporate worship is the time when Christians celebrate communion. Believers are taught to "do this in remembrance of me" (Luke 22:19). Communion is never taken alone in Scripture, but with other believers as an expression of corporate worship.
Seventh, corporate worship is a gathering that anticipates the worship believers will experience in heaven. In eternity, believers will worship with all of God's people before the Lord. Corporate worship on earth allows us to participate together in a way that looks forward to this time of eternal glory.
Corporate worship is a vital part of our spiritual growth. When we regularly gather with other believers, we can encourage others, be encouraged, and grow together in our common faith in Jesus Christ.
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