It would be worth getting to worship this week…, .
if only to hear the Scripture readings
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching1 Timothy 4:13
Isn’t that counterintuitive, though? I mean: one of the things you can do to build confidence in Christ – outside of a church – is to read the Bible.
Granted. And God grant that we all do study the Scriptures outside of church! Still, when you read the Scriptures at home, you don’t usually have several of them lined up to treat a single topic, as you do at church. And isn’t it true, too, that sometimes you’ve been listening to one of the pastors read one of the Scripture readings in church, and just the way he said it—well, you got an insight you never had before?
Besides, at home you may well pay excellent attention to the Word. But in so doing, you serve as an example and encouragement maybe only for your own family members. At church, your careful attention also serves many others.
So, get to church soon and regularly—if only to hear the Scripture readings. After all, is there really anything better in all the world for you to do?!