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I grew up in a church about the same size as this one. We had about 15 in the youth group or so. I remember the first time I went to a big event – an all-nighter – I was probably 12. They called it omni-night. It started off with preaching, then bowling, then ice-skating, then roller-skating all in one night! But I remember walking into a room with about 300 teenagers in it. There was something special about that as a young Christian. I remember thinking “there are this many Christians teens?” I remember the sound of them singing. It was so loud!
A few years ago, I had that same feeling when I walked into the Georgia Dome with almost 60,000 Christian young people for Passion 2017. In one song they held up their phone flashlights and it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. See, when you get a lot of candles together it intensifies the light!
There is something special about when Christians gather together to open God’s word and open our mouths to praise Him! This is why we gather, but not just in a large crowd, we must gather face to face as well. Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” When you get a lot of candles together it intensifies the light. We were made to live in community! “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” – Psalm 84:10
God sets the standard way back in the second chapter of Genesis that we are made to live in community. There is something special when we gather together that we can’t get anywhere else. In Genesis 2:18 it says, “It is not good that the man should be alone” In the Old Testament, the place where Heaven met earth was the Temple, but after Jesus He dwells in us and among us! Jesus shows us by example the importance of gathering together in the house of God. “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day” – Luke 4:16
God himself is a trinity and lives in constant communion. You were made in His image and weren’t made to walk alone!