In multiple situations in counseling and conversation I am often asked a question or even admonished with a statement something like this, “Well, pastor, isn’t it true I can just worship in my living room? (the other form is I can worship in my living room). After all, the Bible does say something about two or three gathered. . .” At this point I can assure you every individual I encounter with that inquiry or injunction is generally in a state of rebellion or retreat. So, I realize that what we need most when we say those things or think those things is the Gospel, and pastoral and loving admonition. That is exactly what is going on in the book of Hebrews when the writer writes, 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, (Heb 10:24-25 ESV) So it is in this pastoral vein and concern for our souls I continue.
“Having a Bible study in my living room” isn’t what you should be doing on Sunday, it is what you should be doing every day. If you are going to continue to do this on Sunday, then I suggest you soon gather more people, see people converted, make disciples and eventually start baptizing and celebrating the Lord’s Supper and call the thing what it is. If there is no intention of heading this direction, then you should then recognize it is your family devotional time (which you ought to have) and lead your family to a local church gathering.
17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Col 3:17 ESV)
Isn’t it interesting in this passage from Colossians that the Holy Spirit led the Apostle Paul to then write concerning family relationships? So by effect, doing everything in the name of the Lord Jesus is hypothetically and directly worshipping “in our living rooms.”
So, are we worshipping in our living rooms? Are we worshipping in our living rooms when we alienate ourselves from our spouses and our prayers are hindered? Are we worshipping in our living rooms when we unnecessarily exasperate our children because we have had a longer day at work or horrendous commute? Are we worshipping in our living room when we become mindless gluttons of popcorn, deep fried –sodium laden carbs, and a leftover pizza? Are we worshipping in our living rooms when we indulge in all levels of PG 13 + “entertainment” without a second thought that would make us blush or barf if we really considered that Jesus is there with us (yes, this includes halftime commercials)?
Not only can you worship in your living room, you should be worshipping in your living room. Also, let us not forget to stir one another up to love and good works and not neglect to meet together as is the habit of some so that we may be compelled to actually worship in our living rooms. And while we are at it, let us also worship in the kitchen, the garage, the bedroom and the bathroom.