What responsibilities do I have towards other believers? What responsibilities do they have towards me? And what, if anything, does church attendance have to do with these questions? For many today going to church must either be viewed as a personal preference or else it becomes a legalistic imposition. But what if we are unable to live the Christian life on our own. This week we conclude our series on church unity by considering what the book of Hebrews has to say about our vital need for mutual encouragement as we follow Jesus. Click HERE to RSVP to service.
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 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.
CONFESSION OF SIN
For the times when we put our own interest ahead of others’ interest:
For the times when we have let bitterness stew:
For the times when we have neglected the weak:
For the times when we have not warned wanderers
For the times when we have discouraged doubters:
For the times when we have been apathetic about corporate worship:
For all the ways in which we have failed to honor your beloved bride:
Gracious God, give us eyes to see your blood-bought bride as you see her. Renew in us an experience of your mercy and grace so that we are merciful, gracious, and compassionate to others.