Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching (Hebrews 10:25, King James Version).
As we continue to wait for the blessed hope - the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ – spoken about in Titus 2:13, the charge not to forsake the assembling together of ourselves, in the above scripture, becomes important for us to lay to heart and live by, more than ever before. The charge simply means for us to ensure that we stay in fellowship, not to discountenance or count as unimportant the coming of ourselves together in the various church meetings especially the designated times of services.
The reasons for this are not far to seek:
When we stay in fellowship, that is to say when we attend church meetings such as Bible Study, Prayer Meeting, Sunday service (including Sunday school) the scripture says we are interacting or fellowshipping or relating with the Almighty God and Jesus Christ directly by the Holy Spirit, and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ (1 john 1:3).
It means that each time we meet in Church, we have the opportunity of meeting with the God of all the earth, and we can be sure all God can do is available for us to experience in every service.
It follows therefore that the more we make ourselves available in service the more chance we have of interacting with the Lord and the more we have the possibility of getting issues bothering our lives resolved.
If we do not come we limit our opportunity to be touched of God.
Psalm 133 says it is beautiful for brethren to dwell together in unity, as there is an anointing that is made manifest in the process. When we come together in fellowship, yokes are easily destroyed; burdens are easily lifted by the anointing that is produced by many children of God relating together (Isaiah 10:27). It means that you have help to overcome issues that you alone cannot easily overcome when you don’t stay in fellowship by not attending church meetings. What you will need to pray for, for several hours, what you will need to know by reading many books, or concordances; when you come around to church, by the anointing you can receive easily with little effort.
1 Cor 15:33 tells us that we need to maintain good associations because evil communications corrupt good manners. If we are regular in church attendance we have the opportunity of mixing with brethren who can form the fabric of our friends and acquaintances. It means we will only have people who will provoke us unto good works around us as against what the case will be when are not in regular church attendance. So if we keep godly friends, our making heaven will be assured more, since they will only provoke us unto good works. No wonder the text above encourages us to fellowship more and more as we see the day of Jesus’ coming nearer and nearer.
The benefit of attending church meetings really transcends just the above because time will fail us to talk about encouragements when we are discouraged, help in time of trouble, sundry supports and so on which the church provides for brethren on an ongoing basis.