Seek fellowship with other believers, even if its only two of you.

Most of us can remember times that we dreaded getting up early on Sunday mornings and heading out to church services; however, it is a necessary part of life. The Bible is not silent on the issue. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25, King James Version). We are expected to attend and need to encourage others to attend as well.

God is always there for us when we seek Him. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20, KJV). Seek fellowship with other believers, even if its only two of you. “Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts” (Acts 2:46, New Revised Standard Version). Find fellow believers, and support each other.

The Apostle Paul also tells us that we need to hear and learn from God. “So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17, KJV). We should all strive for better understanding of God. Our faith can only multiply if we hear or read His Word. Sermons, Bible studies, Sunday school, etc. are all great ways to grow as a Christian.

Church fills a void in our lives. It gives us a forum in which to help fulfill some of God’s instructions for us. The church is where we can love and support each other. “...if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us” (1 John 4:12, NRSV). Church helps us encourage each other in our faith. “But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:13, NRSV). We show love and spur good works. “And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds,” (Hebrews 10:24, NRSV). Through the church, we serve each other. “For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Galatians 5:14, NRSV). According to the Apostle Paul, we teach each other. “I myself feel confident about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another” (Romans 15:14, NRSV). The Apostle Paul also writes to honor one another – “love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor” (Romans 12:10, NRSV). And of course, be kind and compassionate – “and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32, NRSV).

Hymn of the week: “Oh, Happy Day (When Jesus Washed)” arrangement by Edwin Hawkins.

Christian Hip Hop Song: “Blessings” by Lecrae ft. Ty Dolla $ign.

Rev. Tritthart is a graduate of Westminster College and Rawlings Divinity School. She is an ordained minister, a public speaker, and a ministerial services provider offering assistance to Miami and the surrounding areas. She owns Tritthart Special Event Services and can be reached at (918) 919-1500 or www.Facebook.com/tritthartses or www.tritthartspecialeventservices.com.