Summary: The Church is needed by us all and the Bible gives 12 reasons why we all need The Church. These 12 can be broken down into three focuses of God – Upward – Inward - Outward.
Open with video for Father’s Day:
Series: The Church
Sermon: The Church 12 pt 2
Tag line - 12 reasons why we all need The Church of Jesus Christ active in our lives.
23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Two weeks ago I opened our series “The Church” asking the question or statement a person made to me a few years back, “Who needs the Church?” = It was said with attitude and 2 weeks ago I made the case that we all need The Church – my family needs “The Church” I need The Church. I can honestly say, “The Church has been more a family to me than my own family! So I am so glad to be a part of The Church, I really do love the Church. I would not be who I am today if it was not for The Church. My family would not be who they are today if it was not for The Church! Church is not just for me and my family it’s also for each of you and your families too. Do you believe that? The Church is here for the purpose of mission and you and I are part of the mission plan.
Here are some thoughts on The Church from a few 30 on down in age individuals from the book “The Relevant Church”:
Tyler Watts, “I think I disconnect from the Gospel of Jesus Christ when I’m not involved in close relationships with other believers.”
Philip Evans, “Every believer needs a ‘church’ even if it’s just four or five of you meeting together to worship, I know my relationship with Christ would deteriorate if I didn’t surround myself with people who encourage and challenge me in my faith.”
James Bullock, “I love the diversity of church-so many different people saved from a range of pain, addictions, lifestyles-now all set free in a community together.”
Andy Squyres, “When I hear the word ‘church,’ I think of the body of Christ in its fullness, without denominational or dogmatic boundaries, church in all its organic glory, shifting and growing, as all living things do.”
Cory Passehl, “Church is not just a building or Sunday morning service, but a place where the Body of Christ comes together for encouragement, edification, challenging, rebuking. It’s a place where people are cared for, a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, and a place of worship.”