Where and how should Christians gather
Many Christians lack discernment as to the believer's call on earth. They think that everything is settled when a sinner has come to God with confession of guilt and then knows that his sins are forgiven on the basis of the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
As to the Gospel, they adhere emphatically to the Word of God, but give less consideration to that which concerns life after conversion, not considering the fact that in this also the Bible is to be our sole guide.
1 Thess. 1: 9 states that: ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God. Conversion comes first, for the natural man cannot serve God (Rom. 3: 10-12), but service for God follows. It is not conversion then which is God's purpose for man, but conversion is the indispensable means for reaching that purpose, namely, to serve the living and true God.
We find this also in the Epistle to the Romans. After an exact description in the first eleven chapters of the way in which a sinner can draw near to God, we read in chapter 12:1 that it is our reasonable or intelligent service to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God. And in verse 2 we are exhorted to prove what is the good and the acceptable and the perfect will of God.
32 pages - Booklet - Author: H. L. Heijkoop