Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner as same is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Staying home on Sunday morning to watch tv or internet church is about as rewarding for a Christian as playing golf or shooting basketball alone. “Forsake” means to renounce, abandon, or give up something of value. Thus, the regular assembling of believers at the local place of worship is to be considered something of value. There are many tv preachers I enjoy watching. Jentezen Franklin and TD Jakes are anointed men of God and preach the Word each time they are in the pulpit. They are inspiring and expound from the Bible like few in our generation are able to do. However, nothing takes the place of being “in that number” at a place of worship surrounded by your brothers and sisters in Christ. We share our testimonies, heartbreaks, miracles, and personal triumphs while worshiping our Savior. Watching or reading sermons, study guides and commentaries alone provide a valuable resource preparing ourselves for the appointed time of group worship just as working on our chipping, putting and driving at the local range prepare us for an upcoming golf tournament. More than the competition, playing golf with others provides a certain fellowship when we are able to share our lives. Worshipping with others provides that same kinship where we are able to be joined with others of like faith who give us support and strength for our daily lives. Try something different this morning. Take the children to church then discuss the sermon and it’s application with them when you get home. I guarantee you won’t regret it!