And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Heb 10:24-25)
OK, so what do we glean from these verses?
- We should gather together as the church.
- We should be mindful of how we can stir one another up, to love and good works.
- When we meet, it should be for the purpose also of encouraging one another.
- We should have a sense of urgency because the time is short.
Now, what does it not say or even imply?
- Assembling together means going to a church on Sunday morning
- The assembling consists mostly of sitting, singing and lots of listening
- The only acceptable way to assemble together is on a Sunday morning in a "properly" ordered church service
- People who "go to church" are being faithful, no matter what they do the rest of the week. People who don't "go to church" are being unfaithful, no matter what they do the rest of the week.
- If you don't take your children to church on Sunday morning, you are not being a good Christian parent
What Scripture doesn't say is as important to proper interpretation and application as what it does say.