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Summary: The church is not a building, or a service, but a group of believers gathered in Christ’s name.

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What is the church?

The Perfect Church

If you should find the perfect church

Without one fault or smear,

For goodness sake!

Don’t join that church;

You’d spoil the atmosphere.

If you should find the perfect church

Where all anxieties cease

Then pass it by, lest joining it

You’d mar the masterpiece.

If you should find the perfect church

Then don’t you ever dare,

To tread upon such holy ground;

You’d be a misfit there.

But since no perfect church exists

Made of imperfect men,

Then let’s cease looking for that church

And love the church we’re in.

Of course, it’s not a perfect church,

That’s simple to discern

But you and I and all of us

Could cause the tide to turn.

What fools we are to flee our post

In that unfruitful search

To find at last where problems loom

God proudly builds His church.

So let’s keep working in our church

Until the resurrection.

And then we each will join that church

Without an imperfection.

Galatians 6:1-10

1Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, 5for each one should carry his own load.

6Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.

7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

The church is a family where people can be real, a family where people can grow, and a family where people can be loved.

Being Real

Real is much better than perfect.

V. 7

God cannot be mocked. When we play church we

are mocking God.

The world may not realize it, but God does.

The world will find out.

V. 8

We will reap what we sow. We live like the

world- destruction.

We live like a God wants us to- eternal life.

Not a one time decision, but a life lived.

We need to be real so that others who haven’t

made that decision will be

inspired to do so. People who don’t know

Christ need to see real people living out

real faith in the real world.

Growth.

V. 1

Be spiritual. Being a Christian does not

equal being spiritual.

Examine your own life.

Overcome struggles and temptations.

Grace and forgiveness rather than harsh

judgment.

What if God dealt with us the way we deal with

others.

V. 5

Carry his own load.

You must continue to grow and become less

needy.

Less demanding.

More independent.

More of a contributor.

How can you carry another’s load when

you don’t carry your own?

You can spend your Christian life

bickering about minute issue.


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