Your small group Bible Study needs you. Whether it’s a Sunday morning class or a weeknight men’s group, we need your regular attendance. And regular does not mean 25-50% of the time, which seems perfectly acceptable to most people these days.
I could talk about all the things you miss when you are absent, such as the time in Bible study, the fellowship, etc. But right now, I want to talk about what the other members are missing if you aren’t there.
In Hebrews, we are commanded not to neglect coming together. And the author tells us why. It isn’t because it might be your turn to bring donuts, or because people will talk about you, or to avoid guilt. It is “to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.”
Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking 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. (Heb. 10:24-25)
We “spur one another on.” “Stir up.” We encourage one another. At least we are supposed to.
God has called us each into various areas of service. Whatever mine is, I need your encouragement. I will be more effective and motivated if you are there to spur me on. Perhaps I should be more self-motivated, but the truth is, it helps me greatly when my brothers and sisters are there to encourage me. I bet the same is true for you, too.
If we come to small group only when we feel like it, or when the game doesn’t run too late the night before, or when it isn’t pretty at the lake, we hurt more than just ourselves. We deprive fellow group members of the encouragement they need to walk more closely with Christ and to persevere in service.
You are part of the body of Christ: the larger church, your local congregation, and your small group. We don’t work as well if you are AWOL. And your encouragement may be just what I or others need to be spurred on to greater service.
We need you, and we need you to be engaged.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thes. 5:11)