Why is church important? Is it even necessary with sermons readily available through the internet. Isn’t church wherever two or three gather together? Church is part of God’s plan of administering grace and bringing Himself glory. Today we are talking about the purpose of church and 4 problems that might keep us from committing.
Purposes of Church
(boiled down to two, by yours truly)
- To Glorify God and advance His Kingdom
- We are not meant to live the Christian life alone
Common Problems we have with Church
- We make church about us (and our preferences) instead of about God
- We despise authority and we do not believe pastors are shepherds for our souls
- We have plenty of access to good preaching and spiritual material so we "don't need" church
- We are a part of the global church so we don't need a local gathering
What can we do to grow?
- Find a church and be the best church members.
- Explore the scriptures about your role in the body
- If you don’t have “great” churches, find the one that is the most bible-centered and bet the best church members.
- Remember it’s not about you.
Scriptures to Study about Church
- Ephesians 2:19-22
- Hebrews 13:17
- Ephesians 4:11-16
- Matthew 5:16
- John 13:35
- 1 Corinthians 12
- Ephesians 3:1-10
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What you'll need:
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- Water (from your tap)
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Voddie Baucham's Talk at the G3 conference in 2017 session 13 called "The Need for Reformation in Evangelical Ecclesiology (you need to download the FREE G3 app to access this talk. There are so many great ones!)
Get the app here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/g3-conference/id1192776791?mt=8
Josh Bruice blog post: http://www.deliveredbygrace.com/church-membership-biblical/
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