Summary: What the world sees is what we do the rest of the time.
The World does not see what we do in Church!
The world does not see us singing praises to God, taking communion, praying, giving to God. For the most part the world cannot see what we do in our services.
What the world sees is what we do the rest of the time.
This is more than assembling!
Do we assemble with Love one for another, communion with one another, then go out before the world and gossip, and backbite one another?
John 13 (quickview) : 34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have love one to another.”
Do we come to church and hear the word of God say “Love thy neighbor as thy self: and “God is love”, then go out into the world with hard hearts, hating our neighbors and our fellow man?
“Eye for an eye” “Tell him off” “accusation for accusation”
Lord said turn the other cheek.
Do we assemble and sing praises to God, then go out into the world and curse God and man?
Paul said “he had to bring his body under subjection, lest he be a castaway.”
Do we assemble to drink of the fruit of the vine in remembrance of his death, then go into the world and be seen in the world drinking beer, or perhaps drunk?
I Thess 5:12-23 (abstain from evil)
Do we assemble saying, “Let’s put God first in our lives.”, and then go into the world to lust, fill our lives with worldliness, and put great importance on the world?
Do we assemble and fellowship God & the saints, then go out to fellowship sin, bars, pot?
2 Cor 6: 14-17
When we assemble we want everything done just so.
The right way.
Even the way we dress.
Then in the world in everyday life any way seems okay.
Paul told Timothy to be an example of the believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Do we assemble and confess Christ, then go out and deny him the rest of the week by the way we live?
One of the reasons the church isn’t growing much today is that the world cannot hear what we are saying because what we do is shouting at them, and they are not the same.