It is Time to Return to Church - Verses on Why Church is Important

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. - Hebrews 10:24-25


Months ago, when I first became a staff member at my church, I noticed a problem very early on in churches all across America:


Disunity.


In fact, I wrote a blog post about it entitled, A Church Divided Cannot Stand.

We are now seeing the results of this disunity in the American church. People arguing and leaving the church over things that have nothing to do with church theology. Churches all over the country have lost members. The church is getting harsh opposition in many states from both Christians and non-Christians for re-opening their doors.


Hebrews 10:24-25 says, "Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near."


When the book of Hebrews was written, the church was getting severely persecuted. This is evident by Hebrews 10:32-34:


Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.

These verses are evident that book of Hebrews was written for Christians going through persecution. The author of Hebrews speaks very boldly of remaining in the faith during tough times. In fact, all of Hebrews 11 talks of great heroes of the faith, the hard trials they endured, and even the death and torture many of them faced.


And yet, through all this talk of trials and persecution, nestled away in Hebrews 10:24-25 are the verses saying,