Being Assembled

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Acts 1:4 “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.”

The importance of attending every church service can never be over-emphasized. The verse above says about the early church, “And, being assembled together…” Notice that this verse did not say, “And, being assembled over livestream.” Had the early church followed the example of many churches today, they would have missed many of the miracles and blessings that God did through this church. They would have missed the great prayer meeting in the upper room where the power of God fell on them. They would have missed the day of Pentecost where over three thousand souls were saved and baptized. They would have missed the opportunity to turn their world upside down for Christ.

Today, many believers want the same results as the early church, but they’re not willing to assemble like the early church. Imagine if the early church assembled as faithfully as many believers assemble today; our world today would be without the Gospel, and you would likely not be saved. We want the same works of the early church, but we don't want to assemble as they did. They assembled in the morning and night on Sundays, and they assembled in the middle of the week. I know this flies in the face of many worldly believers, but you are missing many things God has for you by missing the evening services. Let me show you what would not have happened had the early church not attended night church.

First, they would have missed the filling of the Holy Ghost. This prayer meeting of the early wasn’t just for a few minutes, but the prayer meeting of the early church where the power of God fell lasted for days. You will never see God’s power on your life when you miss the services where the Holy Ghost can move on your heart. You will live a powerless life by attending just one service a week or attending a church service sporadically. I am sure there were people that were not in attendance when the Holy Ghost fell on this church, and they missed out on being a part of the blessing of being filled with the Holy Ghost. You will miss out on God working through your life with His power by missing the night services, or any service for that matter.

Second, they would have missed the fellowship with their brethren. Acts 2:42 shows that the early church fellowshipped when they assembled. You will miss the much-needed exhortation that comes from fellowship when you miss church. Hebrews 10:25 is clear that part of the purpose of going to church is to receive exhortation.

Third, they would have missed doctrinal truth to help them please the LORD better. Acts 2:42 also shows they learned doctrine when they were together. You are missing truths that will help you when you miss two-thirds of the church services. Imagine if you missed two-thirds of a doctor’s prescription; you would never be helped with your sickness. Likewise, you are missing truths that will help you through life when you miss two-thirds of the church services because you are missing night church.

Fourth, they would have missed the miracle of Pentecost. Many of the great services in churches where God works is at night. My friend, you are missing the moving of God when you miss night church. Let me challenge you to be faithful to all church services, including the night services.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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