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A very significant reason for being a regularly part of worship and Bible study is that these spiritual exercises play major roles in advancing our spiritual growth. The Bible is clear that the people of God were created for community. There is no idea in the Bible of a privatized faith. Biblical faith always grows best in the atmosphere of a healthy Christian community. One piece of evidence of our spiritual growth will be our personal involvement in ministry inside or outside the organized church.

Worship and Bible study with our church family are also important because of the example we set for our family. Parents teach more about important things by example than by their words. Tell a child eating a well balanced diet is important but take them through the drive through every day and guess what lesson they will learn. Parents do well to participate in Bible study and worship for the sake of the children, but if that is the only reason for parents' participation, when the children are grown the parents are likely gone from church life. Personal spiritual growth, as described above, is a major driving force in our participation in the life of the church.

I can list other good reasons to be part of worship and Bible study with your church family but the most compelling reason comes from the writer of Hebrews. He was addressing a church made up of Christians who were not as strong in their faith as he felt they needed to be. To them (and to us) he says,

"...let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV

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