For the next few minutes I want to explore the topic “The church is”. Sometimes it may be misunderstood exactly what the responsibility and the purpose of the local church is. Now those misunderstandings will be clarified and explained from the King James Bible.
Now you may ask, “Why do I need to go to church?”
I. The church is founded by God.
1. God built it.
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18
It was not made up by some person or thing but created by God himself. He seen the importance of building a sacred place where people could come and worship him. They would be able to get away from the influence of the world and enter into a place of solace filled with the presence of God where the Holy Spirit is continually working.
2. God built it on a sure foundation.
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure” 2 Timothy 2:19
When God built the church he made it so that it would always be around. No one or anything could never destroy it. Although, he knew that opposition would come against it. It was built to withstand all of it.
3. God established it as the Pillar of truth.
“the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” 1 Timothy 3:15
There are so many beliefs today that it is hard to tell what is the truth and what is a lie. God knew that would be a problem. So he setup the church to be the pillar of truth and the ground of the truth. If the truth is in question then the King James Bible has all the right answers. This is the way God had planned it from the beginning. Take a look to check it out for yourself. Don’t take my word for it.
II. The church is a place…
Church is more than a building with a steeple on top and padded pews or chairs inside where a choir sings gospel songs and the preacher proclaims the word of God from the pulpit. What more could be to church than that?
The church is different from any other place you will ever go. The experiences you get from there is not available everywhere so attend expecting something good to happen. They are unique as it should be.
1. Where God is the center of everything.
- Is God being praised? This is one thing that can be recognized as soon as someone walks into a church. Who is being put first, God or man?
“And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.” Luke 24:53
- Are people being ministered to? Watch the people’s expressions, attitudes, and listen to what they say to see if God is being glorified. These always tell the real story.
“And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,” Acts 2:46
- Is it continually growing? Is outsiders wanting to find out what is going on inside? If not then something is probably wrong.
“Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” Acts 2:47
2. God said to attend church.
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
What else needs to be said. God put it plain and simple that we need to go to church. We can make up as many excuses as possible but the fact remains God said that we should go to church. He is not asking but telling us to obey his word. Are you going to obey God?
He told us to go for a reason. We may rebel because of a bad experience or something else that happened. It may appear to be legitimate but we need to do what God said. He knows what is best for us. It’s for our greater good.
3. Where people come together as a Family.
- There are no strangers present. Everyone is part of the family. This is an extremely important part of a ministry that is missed in most churches today.
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;” Ephesians 2:19
- Do they want you to be part of there church? If you feel like you are at home in a church then something special has been found. This one ingredient is left out of a lot of church recipes for visitors and existing members. The feeling of home.
“So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8
4. Where people Fellowship one with another.
- Pray for one another. Are there “prayer warriors” among the people? A church without prayer is a church without God.
“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Acts 2:42
“Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,” Philippians 1:4
- Comfort one another. The term “comfort collector” comes to my mind. It means that a person stores up experiences and knowledge to share with someone in need. A church without comfort collectors is a church that needs God.
“That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.” Romans 1:12
- Create memories with one another. Are there “memory banks” among the people of the church? A memory bank is a person that is remembered by how they helped someone else. A church without memory banks is probably a church without God.
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,” Philippians 1:3
“For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;” Philippians 1:5
5. Where people Love each other.
This one thing I know is that love among the brethren is hard to find. We all have faults and failures that hinder and interfere with true love for one another.
- Effects of Enmity. Enmity is the feeling of hostility, hatred, and ill will. It becomes part of everyday life. The mind is controlled by these thoughts. The body responds in negative ways. The soul has no peace. Love has been replaced with enmity. Has the point of no return been reached? Maybe or Maybe not. Depending on the person and what they are willing to do to turn around and begin to fix the broken pieces with Gods help.
“Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;” Ephesians 2:15
“And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:” Ephesians 2:16
- Effects of a Pure heart. One word: FORGIVENESS! Yep, that is all it takes to fix enmity. But it’s easier said than done. The harder you try to forgive the more hatred builds up and overpowers it. Let go and let live. Right, but it shows back up on my front door step. The point I’m making is it will not be easy. Keep trying and depend on God to help you overcome it is the only way. You cannot do it alone.
“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:” 1 Peter 1:22
“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.” 1 John 5:2
Talk is cheap but action is expensive. Most people cannot afford action that is why they remain in the same state there whole life. This is why churches remain in the same condition because people are the church. Most of them do not want to change.
All of them are not that way. Keep looking until you find one of the diamonds in the rough and you will have just struck it spiritually rich.
This should make you want to go and find a good Independent Fundamental Baptist Church to start attending right away. The longer you wait the harder it will be to get started. Pick those feet up and start now.
- What is holding you back from going to church?
- What keeps you faithfully attending church?
- Continue answering these questions in the comments.
Then return to “Read First” to read, “Will I continue to sin after I’m saved?”