A Worshipping Community

‘4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another... 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.’
(Romans 12:4-5 & 15)

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
(Hebrews 10:24-25)
We saw in our ‘Post-Lockdown Church’ 11.4 devotional that we can be completely honest to God as we come to him in worship. The spiritual reality is that now, as part of a new worshipping community, a new humanity, a family, a body; we can also be completely honest with each other. In every season of life, we can stand shoulder to shoulder with brothers and sisters and worship God through tears, through joy, in pain, and in celebration. This is what authentic Christian community is anchored on.

As Jesus’ return draws closer, we are called by Hebrews 10:24-25 to continue gathering; not so our post-lockdown numbers on a spreadsheet look more impressive; not so that our Hosting teams can finally get back to serving; no, it is to continue to encourage one another and build one another up using the various gifts that God has given us. We have a Biblical calling in our worship to not only declare praise to God, but to also stir one another up, to build courage, to prophesy, to exhort, to teach, to serve one another – in so many ways we depend on each other for enjoying a rich life of worship.

Something I have deeply missed during this pandemic has been pouring my heart out in worship next to my friends. Singing, praying, crying, kneeling, stirring my soul to worship God. But also, I’ve deeply missed witnessing my friends pouring their hearts out in worship. I’ve missed being surrounded by friends who don’t hold back their praise, who press into God in the heartbreaks and in the moments of doubt.

When I see a friend, who has battling in prayer for a baby lifting their hands in worship, that stirs my faith. When I see a friend, who is in a dark time with their mental health sitting before God and writing out their worship in a notebook because the words won’t come, that builds me up. When I see the friend going through a painful marriage situation singing worship to God with tears, I start to worship too.

This is what authentic Christian community really is anchored on. We are one body who share in each other's pains and victories. Let’s do everything we can to devote ourselves to this kind of community. We need each other.
1)   Think back to a time when your faith was strengthened when you worshipped with your church family. What was it about that experience that did you good?

2)   How can you use your gifts to encourage and strengthen others in the church through the various seasons of life?

3)   Who can you personally encourage the next time you gather with them to worship? Ask God to put some people on your heart and ask him to use you for their good.
Lord, I thank you that I have been saved into a worshipping community. I was never meant to do life on my own. I need my brothers and sisters and they need me too. Give me the strength to be completely honest with our church family as we worship together. I know this will do me good but sometimes it is scary. Help me to use every opportunity you give me to encourage the church as we worship together. Amen.
Today’s Everyday Devotions were brought to you by Zac Guy, who leads our worship teams.

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