CAN you imagine someone in AD 31 coming up to Jesus and asking
Hi Jesus, when and where do you meet?so as to schedule Him in? Of course not. : ) They left their nets and were His—DAILY—from the minute they could first See Him for Who He Is, and chose to Yield to Him.
LIVING and LOVING DAILY under Jesus’ Lordship is important. But, just as a nine year old being asked “when do you meet with your parents and brothers and sisters?” sounds silly when you think about it…to think in terms of “when do you meet?” as even being a question, would seem totally ludicrous to our hearts and experience, when we REALLY See what the Body of CHRIST IS, Acts 2:42-47. Maybe that’s why “meetings” were NOT the focus of the New Covenant life in the Bible and barely ever even mentioned as “meetings” per se.The question should never be (and never was in the New Testament) “Can I find someone to meet with” or “How long have they been meeting together?” or “When do they meet?” or “Can you help us find others who share our desire to ‘meet’ under the headship of Christ?” Those questions making “meetings” central to Christianity, though Jesus and the Apostles and those under their Leadership did not, are foreign to the New Covenant understanding, Scriptures, and practice. That is the “gift” of clergy and worldliness to God’s People, and bears terrible fruit. Such questions about “meetings” would not have been asked in the days when men and women KNEW JESUS as a friend and those around them as His Body and part of HIM. : )
“As you rise up, as you sit down, as you walk along the way”—is never going to fit into a schedule, even if you do happen to “meet” from time to time. With those with whom you are “totally intertwined in daily life with, in homes and families and activities and travels and jobs and relationships and decisions with” (the definition of koinonia, fellowship) you may, from time to time, bring “the whole church together” (1Cor.14) of course. But, Heb10:24-27 is not about “meetings” but about living Life around Jesus with Believers, during meals and football and parks—and all the stuff that LIFE is made out of!
Don’t forsake THAT to be a loner without the “Kingdom of Priests” and Jesus’ Gifts around you 5 days out of every 7, “as some are in the habit of doing”! Sure, there may be larger houses amongst the Saints that are the most likely places for being “devoted to the apostles’ teaching” and prayer and fellowship and breaking bread Together. Of course. But, that’s not the same as calendar-based and timed and choreographed, clergy-controlled (even if “invisible infrastructure”), meeting-based (and therefore leaven-filled) religion. JESUS didn’t and doesn’t do that. : )
We don’t need to fix our “vocabulary” but our LIVES!
“Christ in YOU (plural in the Greek)—the Hope of GLORY!”