The Church

For first of all, when you come together as a church… 1 Cor 11:18
Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place… 1 Cor 14:23

The word church comes from the Greek word ekklesia meaning a called out assembly. In the early days of the church there was not a set building for believers to gather and they often met in someone’s home. (1 Cor 16:19, Col 4:15, Philemon 2)
It is important for believers to assemble together to pray, fellowship, and learn.
In that assembly you find different demonstration of gifts of God – God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 1 Cor 12:28

Eventually houses gave way to a central building for the believers to meet, which is a great idea. Can you imagine fitting a hundred people in your home every week for service?

It’s a popular thought that you do not need to go to church.
Most of the time I hear these words, “you don’t need to go to church to be saved!” That is a true statement.
Another true statement is you don’t have to live with your spouse to be married. You can get the license, stand before a minister, make your vows, go on the honeymoon, and then each go your separate ways.
You’re legally married.
Is that really a marriage?
Perhaps you could visit your spouse on Easter, Mother’s Day, and Christmas!
Is that really a marriage?
I live together with my wife because I love her. I made a vow because I loved her. I have learned much about her through the years.
We have become so much like-minded – one in our thoughts and action.
Isn’t that what we should become with Christ?

You don’t go to church to just be saved but because you are saved. You go to learn from your minister or for you to minister to others. You go to give and get prayer.
Church is an assembly – don’t forsake it. (Heb 10:25)

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