Not long ago, I was asked, "What is the purpose of community worship?" At the time, I didn't have a direct answer. Now I do.
Of course, I'm aware of the psychological effects of multiple people focusing on the same thing, but this is more than that. Why do we (Evangelical Christians) engage in community worship?
I have been having a tough time lately, going through some different things as God has been dealing with me. To be a little transparent, I had let some things get in between me and God, so there was friction and tension in my relationship with Him. Last night at church, God moved in an awesome way, and I was really blessed and was able to straighten some things out with God.
God wouldn't have moved like that had His presence been hinged on my ability to usher in the Spirit. I needed someone who was in a better place spiritually to lead worship, and I needed the congregation members who were "prayed up" to be sensitive to the move of God and to entertain His Spirit. Because of their preparation, the underprepared spiritual slacker got the blessing He needed.
Lean on me/When you're not strong/I'll be your friend/I'll help you carry on/For it won't be long/'Till I'm gonna need/Somebody to lean on
We're a team, and I need everyone on it. Sometimes I'm weak and you're strong; sometimes I'm strong when you're weak. I need community worship.