When I Was Absent From Worship
1. It made some people question the reality of my religious faith (James 2:17).
2. It set an example of neglecting the assembly and failing to obey an inspired command (Hebrews 10:25).
3. I failed to observe the example set by the early church in partaking of the Lord’s Supper on the Lord’s Day (Acts 20:7).
4. It made it impossible for the elders of the church to see that the entire flock was fed, or taught the Word of God (Acts 20:28).
5. It indicated that I was not concerned about assembling with my brethren and the Lord’s promise to be in our midst (Matthew 18:20).
6. Some must have concluded that I found more pleasure in fellowship with the world than with the Lord and my brethren (2 Corinthians 6:14).
7. I set the wrong example before my children and before others who were influenced by my absence.
8. If I chose to be absent on a pleasure trip and made no plans to worship God, it would prove that I love the Lord too little and love the world too much (2 Timothy 4: 10).
9. It set a pattern of irregular church attendance, violating the steadfastness in teaching, fellowship, and worship that was practiced by the apostolic church (Acts 2:42-47).
10. On the day that I willfully chose to be absent, I failed to walk in the light and did not enjoy the fellowship of my brethren (John 1:7).
Broadway church of Christ, Metropolis, IL
Editor’s note: This list of potential consequences of members of the Lord’s church purposely choosing to be absent when the church meets to worship God should stimulate all of us to search our hearts and souls. One reason God sent Christ into this world was to establish His church (Matt. 16:18). He adds the saved to His church (Acts 2:47), which is His body (Eph. 1:22-23). We need to be careful to not be careless in attitude about the importance of worshipping with the church every first day of the week (Heb. 10:25)…
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Gary L. Hutchens