The Bible has a lot to say about one another and assembling together, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. There is something significant that takes place when God's people gather together for the purpose of praying and worshiping Him.
You find interesting verses like this one from the book of Leviticus ...
7 ‘But you will chase your enemies and they will fall before you by the sword; 8 five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword. (Lev 26:7-8)
There seems to be a multiplying affect that takes place when God's people move together in agreement. There is power in agreement.
Look at the words of Jesus in Matthew ...
“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (Mat 18:20)
We know that we have the Holy Spirit and that God is always with us, so why would Jesus say this? I believe there is something that happens when the church gathers together that does not happen in our own private prayer closets.
Consider this thought from the book of Psalms ...
Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel. (Psa 22:3)
Some Bible translations say that God “inhabits the praises” of his people. When we are gathered together God comes in a different, and perhaps greater capacity, than when we are alone.
Paul, speaking to the church in Corinth about the reality of the many members Body of Christ, makes the following observation ...
What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation … (1 Cor 14:26)
Every member is significant in the eyes of God and has something to contribute. The church needs each and every member to be present, spiritually healthy, and aware that they are a part of the many membered body of Christ, and that they have something necessary to offer that only they can provide. Again, there is something released when we gather together as the church and allow God to move in and through us as a member of His spiritual body here on earth. Each person is an important contributor to the whole. Each person is a necessary part of the whole.
One final thought from King David …
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” (Psa 122:1)
Posts are a collection of thoughts by the Pastors and leaders of Church on the Rock Melbourne.