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Summary: So the building is finished, what do we do with it? Today's message is going to be about this building, where we gather together weekly, sometimes more than once. What is its' purpose; this building and the people who gather together within its' walls?

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Enter The House

If We Build It; They May Come

John 1:29-37

Part 6 of 6 in the Series

THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH

Introduction

The top of our website, just under the name is the phrase; “More Than A Church, A Family!” We are going to discover this morning the purpose of the house of God. Over these last five weeks we have built a structure of words. We started out recognizing that God called His people, His creation, to come and serve Him in Holiness using what he already provided within us. Then we built a foundation on our theoretical building indicating that this foundation was Jesus Christ. As long as we had Jesus at the foundation the building would be sound. We discussed the wall building process of the edification of the believers and the exaltation of God. Finally we capped the building with a roof that we called “The Purposeful Action of the Church”, proactively reaching out to the lost, known as the Evangelization of Sinners, and the Purposeful Preparation of the People so that we will know how to reach the lost. (Got to love hermeneutics and alliteration don’t you.)

So the building is finished, what do we do with it? Today's message is going to be about this building, where we gather together weekly,

sometimes more than once. What is its' purpose; this building and the people who gather together within its' walls?

WORDsearch Bible put a title “A Call To Persevere”, just before the scripture we will use for our text today. Let’s stand and read together.

Hebrews 10:23-25 (NIV)

23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

25 Let 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.

I like the proactive suggestion Paul makes in verse 24. AND LET US CONSIDER HOW, we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, (keep this at top of all of p. point one.)

In life often there are things we say that are just words we speak, we really don't mean them. Often phrases like, "let me know if you need anything" are said as a means of ending a conversation. It is not so much that we think ahead of time "how do I end this and get out of here safely" but more just something that over the yean has developed as a means of being social. Here is the difference; Paul wants us to actually think about ways that we can help each other to be better Christians. In this case, not how we can be better Christians, but how can I make you a better Christian? Paul gives us two areas that we can encourage each other. The first is;

1) We can spur each other on to

a) Love

Matthew 22:34-40 (NIV)

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.

35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:

36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"


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