Why Church – Sermon Notes – April 23, 2017

Theme: Why Church?

Text: Matthew 16:18

Outline

What is the church?

The church that Christ is building has to refer to all believers in every age and in every place, because there is only one.  “My church” is singular!  It encompasses all Christians.

#1  All Believers in Every Age and in Every Place

“I tell you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not overcome it.” Matthew 16:18

#2  Called out by God to worship

“Let my people go so that they may worship me…” Exodus 7:16

#3  Sent out by God to serve

“I will make you a light to the nations that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”  Isaiah 49:6

Reasons Why We Still Need Church

·        Spiritual Lessons are not Learned Alone
·        Fellowship with Other Believers
·        Increase Knowledge of the Word
·        For Hospitality and Safety
·        Holding Spiritual Leadership Accountable
·        Spreading the Gospel

Reflection Question: What about church has harmed you? Inspired you? Helped you? Grown you?

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