When I Was Absent from Worship

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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 Cor. 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).

via Broadway church of Christ
Metropolis, IL

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