by: Dick Cain
- Corporate worship provides us an opportunity to demonstrate where our true allegiance lies. William Barclay offers this challenge: “Even if the sermon be poor and the worship gaudy and showy, faithful attendance of corporate worship still gives us the chance to show the world what side we are on.”
Corporate worship strengthens our faith in the promises of God. In worship, we sing God’s promises in our hymns, we rehearse God’s promises in our prayers, and we listen to God’s promises in His Word read and preached. We see His promises dramatized in His sacraments. It is difficult to experience the full assurance of faith or the sturdy confidence of hope without the weekly rhythm of corporate worship.
Corporate worship offers us opportunities for ministering to fellow believers. John Chrysostom describes how it works: “As iron sharpens iron so also fellowship increases love. For if a stone rubbed against a stone sends forth fire, how much more a person in contact with a person. It doesn’t have to be a fire that consumes and destroys, but it can be a fire that warms and heats your love and devotion to Jesus.”