Some members of the church willfully absent themselves from the assembly of the local church. Many reason within their own minds, the Sunday evening or midweek services are simply not important. Furthermore, they excuse themselves from Bible class because they feel it too is simply not important. However, church attendance is a good indication of one’s spiritual health. Forsaking the assembly is a sign of “heart trouble.”
A weak love of the Lord allows other things to come before worship (John 14:23-24). What many are looking for is “Brylcream” religion: “A little dab’ll do you.”
While some fail to attend because of ignorance, because they are not well taught of the necessity of assembling, others simply make it a willful habit that is surely sinful. Failure to attend the services has become almost acceptable, common and respectable. While there are valid excuses for not attending such as health, work and natural disasters, the reasons to attend are great and should he considered.
The Lord expects us to assemble (Heb. 10:24-25). It was the general practice of Christians in the first century to assemble together (Acts 2:42). They came together for various reasons including partaking of the Lord’s Supper
(Acts 20:7), giving (l Cor. 16:1-2) and hearing the word taught (Acts 20:7). The purpose of assembling is summed up in Hebrews 10224, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.” There are several areas that assembling helps to “stir us up.”
via Grant St church of Christ