We sin when we fail to go to church. “Not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another and so much the more as you see the day drawing nigh” (Hebrews 10:25). It is a sin, as much as the “nots” found in Romans 13:49 (not kill, commit adultery, steal, etc). Christians are to meet together to worship God, to encourage and build one another up.
Early Christians met together “on the first day of the week,” known also as “the Lord’s Day” (Acts 20:7), the day of celebrating the Lord’s death, burial and resurrection (called “the Lord’s Supper”). The “breaking of bread” symbolized the body of Christ; “drinking the cup” was in memory of His shed blood (I Cor 11:17-28). This is also a time of “singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs,” praying, teaching the scriptures and contributing a portion of our earnings for benevolence and evangelism
(Acts 2:42; I Cor 16:1-2; Eph 5:19).
No one can be a Christian while ignoring the church of Christ which cost the blood that He shed (Acts 20:28). Almost all apostasy and backsliding begins in a neglect of the worship of the church … a dangerous bad habit.
Ask for the preacher’s free listing of 45 ways we sin when we fail to assemble with the saints.