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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Matthew 4: 4 
"Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."

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May 17

Written by: Andries
Friday, May 17, 2019 3:29:31 AM  RssIcon

The Bible says in Hebrews 10:25:  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another (to attend) — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
This looks pretty much like a commandment of God.
 
The Bible makes dramatic statements about the importance to worship God in fellowship with the Body of Christ. It never is about – I’ll go if I need to... Or, I’ll go if I have nothing better to do...
 
Seven hundred and fifty years before Christ, the prophet Isaiah went to the temple to worship and pray. The Lord opened his spiritual eyes and he became aware of God’s presence in the place of worship. He saw how the glory of God filled the temple. Above the glorious presence of the Lord, seraphim (angels) were hovering. With two wings they fly, and with the remaining wings they cover their faces and feet in humble admiration of our God of perfect holiness. Isaiah heard in stunned silence, that they chanted to one another, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts. The whole earth is full of his glory." (Isaiah 6:3)
 
Isaiah fell to his knees and in true humility cried out, "My eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts." (Isaiah 6:5) Isaiah was shocked and petrified by the glorious presence of the holy God in the place where his people meet to worship him.
 
Our awesome God was there. This is the kind of place the temple was.  This is also what any place of worship becomes when believers meet to worship our God!
 
Jesus said: Where two or three are together in the name of Christ, our God is present – just as he was in the temple in the days of Isaiah.
God desires for his children to fellowship with him. He longs for us to be awe-struck by him, to love him, to honour and glorify him. “Doing church” is so much more than going through the motions of our tradition.  It is coming into a divine encounter with the living God, an encounter that changes our lives.
 
Is there more than just an appearance of Christianity about us? Is there substance? Is our worship still authentic?
By God's grace it can be. It will be real to you if you too are part of the Body of Christ who worships God with his Church.
 
May God reveal his holiness, love, grace and mercy to you through fellowship with Jesus Christ our Lord, as you live and worship in the Body of Christ.
  

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