The writer to the Hebrews gives us the following instruction: "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching" (Heb. 10:24-25). The Greek word here translated as "the assembling" is the noun form of the verb "gathered" as recorded in Matthew 18:20, where Jesus said, "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them." This phrase intimates that where two or three are led to gather, Jesus will be there. We have found that as the Holy Spirit leads us to get together with other true believers "in His name" or in harmony with His nature and purposes, rather than gathering under the "banner" of any other name (to denominate means to name), Jesus is present with us, and we believe that as the writer to the Hebrews states, we are to stir up one another and exhort one another, and not to sit passively in a pew while a professional does it for us.
We are not, of course, opposed to large gatherings, or to organized meetings, or to preaching, for they have their place. However, as the main expression of Christian worship and gathering, we believe that they have done much to separate man from God, from his fellow man, and from true religion, as the organized church, with her corporate organization, programs, and performance related services, has usurped the place of the home and work-place as the center for Christian worship, fellowship, and evangelism (Mark 11:17, Acts 2:42, 46, 5:42, 9:11, 10:22, 30, 12:12, Rom. 16:5, 1 Cor. 16:19, Col. 4:15, Phm. 1:2) .
We believe in the church (ekklesia - the called out ones) as one living organism, and not as a fractured and disconnected conglomeration of independent and often competing organizations. We also strongly believe that to divide the local church into separate distinct groups called by different names ("I am of Paul, and I of Apollos", or "I'm of Such and Such Fellowship", or "I'm of First Church of Such and Such", or "I'm reformed" or "I'm Baptist, Pentecostal, or Methodist" etc.) is carnal and infantile (1 Cor. 3:1, 3-4), and dismembers the many membered body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:24-25). For us, becoming the church has replaced the Sunday morning obligation of going to church.