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Summary: This is the 2nd sermon in the series "Jesus Is Better- The Better Sacrifice".

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Series: Jesus Is Better- The Better Sacrifice [#2]

SAVED BY CHURCH ATTENDANCE

Hebrews 10:19-25

Introduction:

The title of the message this morning “Saved By Church Attendance”. Now, before you have a cardiac arrest, or begin to accuse me of preaching heresy, let me clarify that title. We know that the Bible teaches clearly the only way of eternal salvation is by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ as atonement for our sin. We cannot add to that nor take away from that; but what I want us to consider today is that there is much benefit from being faithful in our church attendance. Not that a person obtains salvation by church attendance, but rather that a Christian can by saved from certain things by church attendance. Attending the house of the Lord is one of the greatest privileges that a child of God has. The reason so many Christians never become great Christians is that they don’t make church attendance an absolute must in their life.

Hebrews 10:19-25 (NIV)

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 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.”

Saved from…

1. Doubt of salvation.

When a Christian drops out of church it isn’t long until they begin to doubt their salvation. Salvation and church attendance are woven together. God knows the importance of church attendance to the believer. That is why He established the local church.

Matthew 16:18 (NIV)

“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

The church is where we…

? Find encouragement to face the trials of life.

The church is where we…

? Are drawn closer to the Lord through the study of His Word.

The church is where we…

? Are drawn closer to each other in prayer and fellowship.

It is abnormal to try to separate our salvation and our church attendance. If we are not in church, we will lose that closeness of fellowship with the Lord and the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 18:20 (NIV)

“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

Church attendance is…

? Priority if we intend to grow as a believer in Christ.

I know of no one who is consistently growing in the Lord who has no regard for attending the house of the Lord. If we stay out of church long enough, we will eventually blend in very well with the world.

Church attendance is…

? One way of witnessing that we are saved.

Not many people would believe that we are Christians if we do not attend church regularly. I know of many people that tell me, “I may not go to church, but I am a Christian.” Why do you suppose they felt it necessary to tell me that? Because they know a Christian should be in church on a regular basis. There is no continuity in our testimony if we don’t go to church. Who will believe that Christ really means anything to us if we don’t make His church a priority in our lives?


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