“[F]rom house to house, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus was the Messiah.” (Acts 5:42 NET)
“[N]ot neglecting to meet together, … but encouraging one another. (Heb 10:25 ESV)
I had the pleasure of participating in an online ‘house-to-house” worship experience this morning. We may not have physically gone from “house-to-house”, but we were together “house-to-house.” We were each in our own house and various individuals led different portions of the service.
Hebrews 10:24-25 instructs us not to neglect meeting together, but rather to meet together to encourage one another. In Matthew 18:20, Yeshua promises that “where two or three are assembled in my name, I am there among them.” That includes even when we are together virtually via the internet—He was there with us all, in each home. There are many bad or not-so-good uses of the internet, but sharing a worship service is one of the best uses of it that I can think of, especially during COVID-19 days.
Whether you chose to worship on the seventh or first day of the week, let me encourage you not to skip your weekly worship simply because they are not able to hold service in the usual location. Father God is clear in His Word that the weekly Shabbat is an “appointed time.” The “church” is not the building. It is the body of believers who follow Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, as their savior and Lord. So, we can meet virtually as well as in person. If your assembly is not able to conduct online services, many are, so you don’t have an excuse for skipping out. No, sleeping in or cutting the grass is not a valid excuse. Find an online service and attend faithfully each week until we are permitted to meet together in person at our physical houses of worship. Until then, meet house-to-house whether via a tool such as Zoom or via streaming on Facebook, TV, or some other medium.
Also, please continue praying that the Lord will remove this plague of COVID-19 from our midst.
Until the next time…“May the LORD bless you and watch, guard, and keep you; May the LORD make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you; May the LORD lift up His face toward you and give you peace (tranquility of heart and life continually).” (Numbers 6:24-26)Bill