Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
It seems that every follower of Christ at times becomes frustrated with his people. Many Christians become so frustrated with the church as an institution that they seek alternative forms of church or drop out of church altogether.
The truth is that we gather as a church because God has called us into community. There are aspects of the Christian life that can only be learned while participating in worship and fellowship with other believers. In Gather: Why God Calls His People Together, Keith Drury shows how God uses Christian community and corporate worship to shape our lives and grow us spiritually.
In whatever form of Christian community you participate, this book will guide you into the disciplines of Christian community and worship, show you how to participate effectively, and prepare your heart and life for the transformation of the Holy Spirit.