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Summary: This message examines whether or not you should leave your local church to meet in a home church.

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My own memories of church. I remember going to church EVERY SUNDAY. The

place was Grace Protestant Church, on 92nd street in Canarsie (a portion of Brooklyn). I

remember The church bell, which was rung by Uncle Henry reminding everyone on the

block that it was time for church. I remember that after school, the boys attended wood

shop in Pastor Watt’s basement. I remember flying paper airplanes in the “fellowship

hall” after church on Sunday night, waiting for dad to get out of his “board meeting.”

I never struggled with going to church. I loved church.

Our 3 children asked for many things that they knew they would never get. But they

never complained about going to church. Today, our children and their spouses all love

their church and are actively involved.

But for many others, the church has fallen under hard times.

Some are saying, The church won’t survive.

Reggie McNeal: “Unless the church in North America makes big changes we are facing

“sure death”

Neil Cole: “American Christianity is dying. Our future is in serious jeopardy. We are

deathly ill and don’t even know it.”

George Barna: “If the local church is the hope of the world, then the world has no

hope.”

“Local churches have virtually no influence in our culture.. The church appears

among entities that have little or no influence on society.”

Or consider the book titles on the shelves of Christian book stores: Life After Church,

Divine Nobodies, Dear Church, Quitting Church, So You Don’t Want to Go to Church

Anymore, Pagan Christianity, They Like Jesus but Not the Church,

Or consider just some of the titles of books by Emergent church leader Brian McLaren:

The New Kind of Christian, Finding our Way Again, Everything Must Change.

Today, the family of Faith Bible Church will pledge a significant portion of our resources

for a building for the CHURCH. So far, 28 pledges have been made, averaging more

than $8500 per pledge! That’s a powerful commitment to the future of our church!

WHAT DOES GOD HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE CHURCH?

The word used for Church is the word ekklesia. It is used 112x in 109 verses

Most simply, it means an assembly. It is used of the Universal church (Matt 16:18) and

the local church (Acts 13:1, Epistles, Churches in Revelation 1-3, etc.)

Jesus gave His GREAT COMMISSION to the disciples, after his resurrection. He told

them to GO into the world. When He did, He was speaking about the CHURCH.

TIMING of Matthew 28:19 Therefore GO and make disciples of all

nations, baptizing them in the name ...”

The church did not begin until after his death and resurrection. His work was complete! Someone said, "When Jesus’ work on earth was done, the churches work had just

begun!"

Notice how important the church was to Jesus as he left this world. He said, "wait in Jerusalem" (Acts 1:4-5). He said "all power will be given to you..." (Acts 1:8) What happened next? The CHURCH (Acts 2:1-2)

THE RESPONSE to this great work of the church is given in Acts 2:41-42. At the conclusion of Peter’s message, Three thousand were saved, baptized and added to the church. That’s quite a beginning.


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