You Need A Biblical Church 2
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Colossians 1:13: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins; 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Among many other wonderful things, when we receive Jesus we are delivered from the power of darkness, forgiven for our sins, translated into His kingdom, into His body, into His church and we become children of God, part of the family of God. Many families seem to have some that are called the black sheep of the family. They maintain some sort of separation from the rest of the family. I don*t want to be a black sheep of the family of God and I trust that you don*t. I want every advantage and blessing that can be enjoyed by close-knit members of the family of God.
Christianity is a deeply personal experience but is not nearly as fruitful or blessed as a solitary one. Every believer needs the love, leadership, prayers, fellowship, companionship, teaching, support, encouragement, examples and a multitude of other things that they can only get from other believers.
Hebrews 10:25: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
A wise believer named David Summers commented on God*s purpose for the church. The church and our faith exist to make God known. The purpose of the church is to live and share faith with the world around us so God is, in fact, known. The real benefit is to the world and, more important, to God, whom we worship and serve. He also listed a number of the shallower benefits of regular church attendance that are worth knowing. People who regularly go to church have lower blood pressure and live longer, express more satisfaction in their sex lives and create safer communities. Children also do better. When parents take kids to church, it increases the average life expectancy of their children by eight years. Kids who are active in church get better grades, have reduced risks of using alcohol, tobacco and drugs, and they have a dramatically lower risk of suicide. There is a reduced likelihood that they will binge drink in college. It improves their odds for a happy life. Not bad for spending a couple of hours a week in church life.
Evangelist Randy Chovan compiled an interesting list of where deaths happen: 20% in Autos, 17% in Homes, 16% in Planes, Trains or Buses, 14% on Streets or Sidewalks and 1/1000th 0% in Worship Services Be safe -- go to Church!
Dr. Paul Brand said that Christians ought to: accept one another, serve one another, confess sins to one another, pray for one another, forgive one another, teach one another, admonish one another, comfort one another, bear one another*s burdens, love one another and that these things happen best in a church setting.
Care to discuss You Need A Biblical Church 2 with Ron?