I Corinthians 11:18


Today, people are gathered in public assemblies all across the country, and they have been doing so for many years. But what is the purpose of our public gathering as a church? One obvious answer to that question is that God has commanded it. We must not forsake the assembling of ourselves together. But that is only a very minor reason for God's true children as they gather together. It is true that we love the fellowship of the saints, and that we need this fellowship for our own spiritual growth. But this is not the primary reason for our public assembly.

            Whether we gather on Sunday morning, Sunday night, or Wednesday night, the purpose for our public assembly is that we may worship God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


Brethren, we have met to worship,

And adore the Lord our God.


As often as we come together, let us celebrate the praises of our Covenant God. In our singing, our praying, our preaching, and our hearing, it should be our goal to praise our Triune God for his grace and glory. For another thing, when we come together, we should come seeking a message from God. Our hearts long to hear the Lord speaking to us through the Word. We want a message from Christ to comfort and challenge, assure and search, abase and uplift, wound and heal our hearts. And when we come together as a church, let us come to be instructed by God. Beloved, we need to be constantly taught of God. We need to be taught our weakness and sin. We need to be taught Christ's love and grace, his ability to redeem, his willingness to forgive, his power to save, his promises to comfort, his strength to preserve, and his merits to glorify.

As often as we gather in the public assembly of worship may it please our God to fill our hearts with praise to Him for his covenant grace, his redeeming love, his sanctifying presence, and his saving fulness.