If there is a main theme to the New Testament book of Hebrews, I would say it is to be confident in your faith. When this letter was written it was targeting Christians who were really being persecuted to keep up the faith. The writer, most believe it is the apostle Paul, lists a “Faith hall of fame” (Heb 11) . He mentions many heroes of the faith, their pain and their accomplishments through perseverance.
Paul stresses our need for each other and the importance of meeting together to encourage one another.
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another… Heb 10:25
In the letter Paul wrote to the church in Rome he says the same thing, stressing his need for encouragement.
When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. Rom 1:12
I remember that the day I fell in love with Jesus, I also fell in love with His church. After connecting with God I couldn’t wait for any event in which Christians came together to worship God and encourage one another. I looked forward to Sundays. After living for and serving God in the world all week, church gatherings were pep-rallies for me.
They still are for me today. Pep-rallies that is. I love getting with my church family to love God and each other. When God’s family comes together with Father, Son and Holy Spirit the presence of God is powerful, refreshing, and exciting. (Matt. 18:20)
I was twenty-seven years old in 1986 when I understood how much Jesus loves me and I chose to love Him back. It changed my life and I didn’t think it could get any better. How much more exciting could it get being a part of God’s church? Well it did. Get more exciting that is. He called me to be a pastor, and I answered his call. Now I am blessed to be able to teach His Word all of the time. If I could teach every day, I would. I get to be directly involved in teaching the Good News to others and participate in the reality of new lives and lives changed. (Rom. 10:14-15)
If you are a parent, you know what it feels like to see your children grow, enjoy, and succeed in life. As a pastor, there is not much more exciting than watching members of our church family grow spiritually and to see new people accept Jesus’ love and be spiritually reborn into the family. (2 Cor. 5:17) It fills me with great joy, and encourages me to see the lives of individuals change as they each take their own steps closer to God and become more like Jesus.
There is only one thing more exciting, being with a group of people worshiping God and seeing Him move through the group. The feeling is electric, convicting, joyful, emotional and unexplainable to the person who has not experienced it.
Being with God and His people is such an uplifting experience.
When you come to church expecting to meet God, you do…and He will lift you up as you are reaching up to Him and across to others.
It is the encouragement of being with people who represent God’s love with skin that lifts you up like no other discipline of the faith.
How about you? When you go to church do you go to encourage and be encouraged? It is the key to a successful Spirital Pep-Rally