Loving Your Church as You Celebrate Christ Together

By Tony Merida, foreword by David Platt

How to make the most of and give the most to your church’s Sunday gatherings.

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Why do we meet on Sundays?

Now that technology allows us to access services remotely, many see little need to meet face to face every week. Others think that because we have a personal relationship with Jesus as Christians, church is an optional add-on. For some, they know deep down that there is a reason why gathering on Sundays is important, but they are weary and don’t feel excited about it. So what is the purpose of corporate worship, and what is our role in it?

In this book, Tony Merida highlights how in-person Sunday gatherings are central to God’s plans and to our faith and joy. He reminds believers of their privileges as citizens of heaven, members of God’s family, and stones in God’s temple.

Readers will see how each part of a church service (preaching, praying, singing, baptism, Lord’s Supper, and building each other up in conversations) are ways to enjoy and share God’s grace, and are therefore essential for spiritual endurance. You’ll also be reminded that your presence in corporate worship matters because you have a part to play in encouraging your brothers and sisters and spurring them to love and good deeds:

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Read this book to renew your understanding and enjoyment of going to church and to be excited by the ways in which your presence can encourage others.

There are discussion questions at the end of every chapter with action steps, making it ideal to read as a small group or even a whole church. Bulk deals and free downloadable worksheets are available, making it perfect for pastors wanting to remind church members of the importance of gathering as God’s people.

This is one of the first books in the new Love Your Church series, which is being written by a collection of Bible teachers from Acts29. It is designed to inspire every church member to love their church in practical ways by casting a biblical vision of what it means to be a local community of God’s family. The series will explore what it means to belong, to welcome, to gather, to care, to serve, and to honor one another, and to witness and send people out to spread the gospel.

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  • Introduction: A Renewed Vision of Your Gathering
  • 1. The Gift of Gathering
  • 2. Stir Up One Another
  • 3. Hear God's Word
  • 4. Sing Together
  • 5. Pray Together
  • 6. Celebrate the Gospel Visually
  • 7. Reach Outsiders
  • 8. Scatter
  • Conclusion: Gathering Together to Change the World

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Contributors Tony Merida, David Platt
ISBN 9781784988272
Format Paperback
First published January 2023
Dimensions 5.1" x 7.8" x 0.4"
Case quantity 50
Language English
Pages 144
Publisher The Good Book Company

Alistair Begg

Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Cleveland, Ohio; Bible Teacher, Truth For Life; Author, Pray Big

This is a timely and necessary call to all who profess to love Jesus. Tony writes in a way that not only tells me why I need to gather but makes me want to

Danny Akin

President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Gathering regularly to worship the risen Lord Jesus is essential to the health of the Christian and the health of the church. Without it, we will wither and eventually die spiritually. This book highlights both why we gather and what we do when we gather. Read it with much encouragement and profit.

Elizabeth Woodson

Author, Embrace Your Life

This timely book crackles with energy from cover to cover. The theological vision of church life that it offers is grand and exhilarating, yet it is grounded and practical, down to the value of a good night’s sleep on Saturday night! I hope that everyone in the church I pastor will read it, and I am excited to put its lessons into practice in my own life. You could easily read this book in a single sitting—which is great, because it is worth reading over and over.

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