The Role Of Other Believers In Battling Unbelief Pt 2

Hebrews 10:19-25 – Pt. 2

2. Avoiding the Habit of Not Meeting

The second point is, don’t get into the habit of not meeting.

This is almost the same as point #1, but verse 25 seems to give it a special stress. So I want to too. It says, “Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some.” The warning here is that not meeting with other Christians in this way can become habitual. Ask yourself right now: Are you in the habit of only coming to more or less anonymous, bigger meetings of the church where there doesn’t have to be much personal interaction or accountability? Does that pattern of life feel comfortable now?

Many of you would have to answer, Yes. Why? Because it is now a habit. It’s what you are comfortable with. In fact it is so much your normal way of looking at the Christian life that what I am saying right now is threatening to you. You do not want to be told that the Bible insists that you are outside the Lord’s will when you do not meet in some kind of smaller group intentionally designed to stir you up to love and good works.

So my second point is: Don’t get into this habit of not meeting in this way. And if you are in that habit now, resolve to break it this year.

3. Increasing Frequency and Seriousness

The third point is that the frequency and seriousness of your meetings should increase as the Day of Judgment draws near.

At the end of verse 25 it says, ” . . . and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” That’s the Day of Christ’s coming and the end of the age. The stresses and troubles and dangers are going to increase as history comes to a close. There will be greater satanic activity, greater evil, greater threats to your faith and love.

Jesus said in Matthew 24:11-12, “Many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because wickedness is multiplied, most men’s love will grow cold.” That’s why we better take this word of Hebrews 10:25 very seriously in our day. If your love is going to survive the onslaught of Satan and evil, you must meet with those who can stir you up to love and good works. Woe to the person who thinks they can be a lone wolf Christian as the last Day draws near.

Let’s make our meeting for prayer and exhortation be more frequent and more serious and urgent as we see the gathering storm of tribulation and evil.

John Piper

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