Some doubt whether attending church services is really necessary in a Christian's life. They can keep the Sabbath holy from home; why bother driving all the way to church every week if it doesn't really matter?
The Bible, however, says plainly that it does matter. Some individuals are genuinely unable to attend services, but to those who are able, the Bible says, "Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching" (Hebrews 10:24-25 Hebrews 10:24-25  And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works:
 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching.
American King James Version×).
As the end of this age draws closer, Satan will be going after God's people with more and more intensity (Revelation 12:12 Revelation 12:12Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.
American King James Version×). The simple fact of the matter is that we need each other—for exhortation, for getting stirred up and passionate about God's way of life. The iron-sharpening-iron effect talked about in Proverbs 27:17 Proverbs 27:17Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
American King James Version×is simply impossible when we intentionally separate ourselves from our brethren. The benefits of weekly fellowship (support, encouragement, mutual growth, friendships and so on) are innumerable, and verses like Hebrews 10:24 Hebrews 10:24And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works:
American King James Version×command us to take part in them.
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