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Hebrews 10:25 has been "the hammer" verse about attending ever service ("it takes three to thrive", et cetera).
Believers are to be part of a local assembly. The purpose of that assembly is overall "to glorify God". The local assembly fulfills that purpose by the teaching of the Word, the practice of the ordinances, prayer and the fellowship of the saints.
This is seen in embryonic form in the very first days of the 1st church: "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers .... So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved." (Acts 2:42, 46-47).
In my mind to apply Hebrews 10:25 to mean "attend every service of the church" is a stretch. It's a popular stretch ... but a stretch.
I am closest to four but depends on how you define obligation. Too often any conflicting event takes precedence over church services. Aunt Mays birthday party or Billy's soccer game are too often used as excuses to skip church. As Christians we are to be involved in one another lives and the church is major part of that. I think the context of verse 24 and 25 taken together points this out. Edification, encouraging and uplifting each other by worshiping God, through song and listening to preaching is a major part of the purpose of the church.
When looking at the why of church life we need to include verse 24 in the analysis. The idea we are there not only to worship God but also to provoke one another to good works (ie sanctification), church life takes on a new perspective. We shouldn't be looking to see how little I can be there, but how often can we get together and build each other up. If we are neglecting church we can't be involved in one another's lives the way the Bible tells us to be. When we stop looking at church as something we do and start viewing it as something we are part of and something we need, it will change the way we view church attendance.
The key, in my view, is the word "forsake"
Quickly and without detailed study it seems to mean to abandon. Source
Could forsake have the idea of a decisive action? A decision to not continue to fellowship?
I can't give a lengthy response from my tablet, but I would say #4, as you limited the reasons, Susan. One interesting thing to not in v.25 is that "not forsaking" is a participle, not a verb. The earlier context provides the verbs, but it should begin with v.19 to get the author's entire reasoning and instruction. The passage seems to be focused on the mutual benefit and responsibility we share with those who have been brought into such intimate fellowship with God. The instruction in v.22 is without object. To what are we to draw near? To God? If so, and many if not all commentators say it is so, how does this verb relate to the next two commands?
I would suggest that we are to fulfill these three commands (let us...) in the context of our local church. This means, I believe, that the flow of our lives ought to be toward the church, not away from it. Does that mean there might not be conflicts that would legitimately keep one from a particular meeting of the body? Of course not. But I agree with wkessel1 that for many Christians, the tendency is to look for almost any excuse to miss the assembly.
I've experienced this hammer with statements like, "people who love the church come Sunday morning, people who love the pastor come Sunday night, but people who love the Lord came to prayer meeting." I am beginning to appreciate "assembling" outside of and in addition to corporate worship. I'm finding the intimacy of small groups and face to face Bible study and prayer is beneficial, especially having been in churches where these things were opposed as cliques and new-evangelical.