I said a few weeks ago that we were taking the plunge and looking to start up a home fellowship. Thanks to work and life that hasn’t really taken off. I have to say though that being away from the pressure to “go to church” has actually been pretty nice. We definitely need to get some fellowship going but I feel zero urgency to have any sort of formalized meeting time. I don’t think we are “forsaking the assembly” because we have not “gone to church”. We minister on Tuesdays with other Christians at the pregnancy resource center, praying together and encouraging one another while serving others. My wife has spent a great deal of time over the last few weeks (months!) helping a Christian neighbor prepare to move because her husband has Parkinson’s and is completely disabled. We have had company over to our house and shared meals with friends. Not to mention the constant busyness of a home with ten people plus a teen-aged house guest who is spending an indeterminate amount of the summer “down on the farm”!
I think this short time of decompressing from “church” has been good although it definitely is temporary and needs to be ending soon. I really needed to get some distance between me and the more traditional church setting. Having gone through a series of disappointments including the latest and most stinging, we needed time away.
Do I desire more and more fellowship with the Body of Christ? Oh absolutely yes! Do I miss “going to church”? Not at all! Our vision of fellowship is far too limited and tradition bound if we can only think of Sunday morning meetings when we read Hebrews 10:25.