Hebrews 4:12-13 "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."

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1. In our last study, we noted that being a Christian involves both BLESSINGS and RESPONSIBILITIES.

2. One of the blessings as well as an important responsibility for the Christian is the practice of ASSEMBLING regularly with other Christians.

a. We have an example of Christians assembling in Acts 20:7.
b. We have an explicit command not to forsake our assembling together – Hebrews 10:25.

 3. The PURPOSE of our assembling is THREE-FOLD:

a. To express praise and devotion to God and Christ.
b. To exhort and encourage our brethren to greater service – Hebrews 10:24-2.
c. To receive such encouragement ourselves.

4. In this study, we shall:

a. Briefly remark concerning the ACTIVITIES that we engage in during our assemblies.
b. See how every activity is designed to accomplish the three-fold purpose described above.
c. Suggest how we can get the most our of our public assemblies.



1. We have several examples of group prayer in the early church – Acts 4:23-24; 12:5, 12.

2. The value of such prayer is implied in - James 5:16 “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (if such is true concerning the prayer of ONE righteous man, how much more the prayers of MANY righteous!)

3. The value of all prayer is seen further in Philippians 4:6-7.

a. Thus prayer not only blesses (praises) God.
b. But also blesses (benefits) those who pray!

4. To get the most out of public prayers, make them your own!

a. In your heart, tell the Lord you agree with what is being said by the one leading the prayer.
b. Don't hesitate to offer a hearty “AMEN” if you agree.



1. Commands to sing can be found in - Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 13:15.

2. Notice where the emphasis lies:

a. On praising God.
b. On teaching one another.
c. On making melody “in your hearts”.

3. So the emphasis is not on how we sound, but on what we say and how we feel.

a. Therefore, pay more attention to the words rather than the melody.
b. Concentrate on engaging the mind and heart, and not just the mouth.

4. To get more out of singing in public, sing often in private! James 5:13 “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.”



1. Teaching or preaching of the Word of God was part of public worship in the early church – Acts 20:7.

2. For it is by the Word of God that we can grow spiritually - 1 Peter 2:2 “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,”

3. How we listen to the proclamation of God's Word is an indication of our devotion to God.

a. We should be quick to hear what God's Word has to say – James 1:18-19.
b. It is important to receive God's Word with a proper attitude of meekness and willingness to receive it - James 1:21; Mark.4:23-25.

4. As with singing, the more we study the Word in private, the more we get out of it in the public assemblies!



1. This is also called:

a. The “breaking of bread” Acts 2:42; 20:7.
b. “Communion” 1 Corinthians 10:16.

2. A memorial feast instituted by Jesus Himself. Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.

a. In it we remember:

1) The sinless body offered on the cross in our place.

2) The blood shed to provide forgiveness for our sins.

b. Done faithfully, we proclaim our faith in the efficacy of the Lord's death.

3. It should be done with all seriousness and appropriateness – 1 Corinthians 11:27-29.

a. In a manner worthy of the One we are remembering.
b. A time also to reflect upon our relationship with Him who died for us.

4. Done properly…

a. It honors Jesus (“This do, in remembrance of Me”).
b. It renews us to greater faithfulness – 1 Corinthians 11:28-32.
c. It strengthens our oneness in the body of Christ – 1 Corinthians 10:17.
d. We continually share in the “body and blood of the Lord” – 1 Corinthians 10:16.

1) Not literally.

2) Perhaps referring to a continual communion with the benefits of that sacrifice (forgiveness).

5. Reading passages like Isaiah 53, Psalms 22, and the Gospel records of Christ's suffering and death while partaking of the Supper can help keep our minds focused on what we are doing.



1. The early church is noteworthy for its love for one another – Acts 2:44; 4:32-35.

2. Such love went beyond those in the local congregation – Acts 11:27-30.

3. In time, a systematic manner for providing for needy Christians was instituted 1 Corinthians 16:1-2.

4. The primary purpose of the collection, was to provide for needy Christians.

a. Locally and abroad.
b. Including those who devote their lives to preaching the gospel – 2 Corinthians 11:8, 9; Philippians 4:10-18.

5. How much should one give? The New Testament does not set a percentage (like the “tithe”, or a tenth, found in the Old Testament), but rather instructs us to give according to the following principles:

a. “As he may prosper" : - 1 Corinthians 16:2.
b. Whatever is given with “a willing mind” 2 Corinthians 8:12.
c. “According to what one has” 2 Corinthians 8:12-13.
d. “As he purposes (plans) in his heart” 2 Corinthians 9:7.
e. Whatever one can give “cheerfully" , not “grudgingly” , or “of necessity” 2 Corinthians 9:7.
f. Keeping in mind the principle of “sowing and reaping” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8.

6. Even this activity fulfills the three-fold purpose mentioned at the beginning of our lesson:

a. We are blessed in giving – Acts 20:35; 2 Corinthians 9:11.
b. Brethren's needs are met 2 Corinthians 9:12.
c. God is glorified – 2 Corinthians 9:12-15.

7. To help motivate us in giving, remember the examples of the churches in

Macedonia and of the Lord Himself – 2 Corinthians 8:1-9.


A. Keep In Mind Who is Present …..

1. Our brethren in Christ.

a. People like you, who appreciate the presence and encouragement of other Christians.
b. So take the time to visit with them before and after the assembly.

1) Don't get into the habit of always coming in at the last minute.

2) Don't be in such a rush to leave after the service is ended.

2. Frequently visitors.

a. Who naturally draw conclusions about the congregation during their visit.

1) Will they conclude we are really disciples of Jesus? – John 13:35.

2) Will they say in their hearts “God is truly among you?” 1 Corinthians 14:25.

b. So take the time to welcome them and visit with them Hebrews 13:2.

3. And especially our Lord!

a. As He promised in Matthew 18:20.
b. Do we act as we would if He were bodily present?


B. “You Get Out of It What You Put Into It”.

1. Preparation beforehand makes a big difference.

a. Such as praying and meditating upon what you are going to do.
b. Planning what you can do to make the assembly more edifying (such as

welcoming and visiting).

c. In other words, come to serve, not to be served (although you will be blessed in return by doing it this way)

2. The more you come, the more interest you show, the more (and faster) you will grow!

a. This is true in any endeavor (physical exercise, hobbies., etc).
b. “How often do I have to come?” is an indication of grave spiritual immaturity!

1) It displays a lack of true love for Christ and His brethren.

2) It shows that one is selfishly concerned with how little they can do to save


3) How does the love of God abide in such a person? 1 John 3:16-19.



1. Rather, our attitude ought to be like that expressed by David in - Psalm 122:1 "A Song of Ascents. Of David “I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the house of the Lord."

2. Neglecting the assemblies is detrimental to our spiritual growth as disciples of Christ.

3. Do we express our love for God, our brethren, even our own selves as we should?

4. On or the greatest spiritual blessings we enjoy in Christ in this life is the fellowship we share in our public assemblies… Let's all do our part to fully utilize that blessing!