“[Let us] not forsake our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (NASB)
STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS
“[Let us] not forsake (egkataleipo: leave, abandon, desert, leave helpless, abandon) our own assembling (episunagoge: gathering in one place) together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging (parakaleo: comfort, exhort, console, pray, instruct, admonish, exhort) one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
Let us not abandon and leave our own gathering together, as is the habit of some, but exhorting, consoling, instructing and encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
It’s no big surprise to anyone who knows my wife and I very well that we don’t attend organized church. With this being so, we often hear this verse declared to us with great force. The problem is, man has errantly deemed organized church as the only way to assemble together. Any gathering outside of a church building, for many, has absolutely no spiritual significance whatsoever. May it no longer be so! Invite someone over to your house and read the Word together. Have dinner with others and discuss the goodness of the LORD. Today, open up your “assembly box” and expand your understanding of when and where God can move. You may be surprised.