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Why belong to a Church?

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Sermon shared by Paul Clemente

October 2009
Summary: A Christian not belonging to a local church is a disobeying Christian and there will be consequences.
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Audience: General adults
with our hearts. If you’ve never truly accepted Jesus Christ as your only Savior and God, now is the time to do it. Let us pray quietly for a moment about our personal relationship with Jesus Christ……….

The church of Jesus Christ will be complete in the future when Jesus completes His judgment of wickedness on earth. In the meantime, Jesus continues to build His church and He calls His believers to be in a church on earth.

Jesus Christ calls His believers to assemble on earth and this assembly is also called the church. Jesus talks about building His church in Matthew 16; then in Matthew 18, Jesus talks about a group on earth called the church. Look at Matthew 18:15-17... Turn to Acts 8:1-3... In Acts 13:1 we read, In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers.

Acts 14:23-24, Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord……….

And so, a church is also defined by God as a group of Believers at a specific location. We are called All Nations Bible Church but we could also be called the church in South Milwaukee or a church in Milwaukee.

Why belong to a local church?

From Matthew 18,
1. Jesus Christ ordains and empowers churches.
Therefore, if you are a Believer of Jesus Christ, you need to belong to a local church. No, being in a church does not make you a Christian; but if you are a Christian, you need to be in a church. This is like, just because you are in a garage, that doesn’t make you a car!

And based on what we read from Acts,
2. We learn and pray in churches.
Yes, we can learn and pray by ourselves, but the Bible says Christians are to learn and pray in a church! Will you disobey the Word of God, the Bible.

What else does the Bible say about the local church?
In Acts 15, we read that
3. Missionaries are sent from local churches.

We read in Romans 16:23, Gaius, whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings.
4. There is love and care in church.

1 Corinthians 5:12 states, What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?
5. Godly Disciplines happen in church.

The Bible is full of “Let us….” commands which can only be done in a local church. I encourage you to also look those up during the week.

But the 5 reasons we noted should be enough for any Christian to belong to a church; for a Christian not belonging to a church is a disobeying Christian. Disobedience to Christ is a sin and there will be consequences. If you’re still looking for a church to belong to and you’re not sensing that All Nations Bible is the church for you, then I pray that you find a church where you can obey Christ and grow spiritually.

Let me conclude with this thought.
Finding a church to belong to is not a matter of emotions, it is a matter of obedience to Christ. Therefore, join a church where Jesus Christ is taught and followed by the Word of God not because you get good feelings about a church.

A Christian not belonging to a local church is a disobeying Christian and there will be consequences.
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