God gathers his people to himself as an act of grace. So when we come together, our intentions and actions need to be shaped by God's purpose in drawing us together. Every time we meet, the blessings of the gospel should be experienced afresh, and our relationship with God renewed and strengthened.

Reflection: Read Colossians 3:16-17 and consider how 'the word of Christ' (the gospel of Christ) may 'dwell in you richly'.

  • In what ways can the gospel be heard and have its impact every time we meet together as Christians?
  • What might be hindering this in the gatherings you experience?


The word of the gospel creates and nurtures Christ-focussed, Spirit-filled assemblies. The gospel proclaims the basis on which we may relate to God and provokes thanksgiving for all the blessings we have received (1 Corinthians 1:4-7; 1 Thessalonians 1:2-5). This 'word of Christ' may be heard in preaching, exhortation, or the reading of Scripture together. God may also remind us of his saving grace in biblically-informed prayer and praise, in a baptismal service, or in the Lord's Supper.

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