“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
The name we have carried as a congregation for decades is Christian Assembly. The verse above presumes and directs “one another(s)” not to forsake the “assembling of ourselves together.” Americans often quote the first part of First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States: that…“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” But I suspect that most of us may not be able to quote the last part of that same amendment: “…or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people ‘peaceably to assemble’ and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Our Nation’s Fathers recognized the need of people to gather together for like-minded purposes. The great majority of those framers of the Constitution were committed Christians. Assembling together was a big deal! They knew they couldn’t practice the Jesus Life alone, they needed “togetherness.” We get our English word “synagogue” from this Greek text translated “assembling together.” Strong’s Concordance says this word is “a complete collection; especially a Christian meeting (for worship).”
The Apostle goes on to say to us that this complete collection of Christians…need to be about exhorting one another. Exhorting is an old English word that has a lot of meaning, the least of which I would say, is calling the best out of each other.
Let’s do this every day!