Why the Church Gathers
This week, we continue our series on Why The Church Gathers. So far in our series, we’ve taken a look at three biblical reasons why the church gathers. The first two reasons were because God said so and to hear the teaching of God. To actually hear from the Lord through His holy word, the Bible.
Last week, we took a look at the term church and defined what it is and what it is not. If you know anything about language, you know that sometimes words change their entomology or meaning as the culture shifts and changes. This is what has happened with the term church and it is something that we need to recapture because everybody is calling themselves a church who are not the church or a church.
The church is not a building. The word “church” is translated from the Greek word ekklesia which literally means “called out ones.” It is speaking of the ones who’ve been called out from the world into the kingdom of God (John 15:16, Ephesians 1:4). It speaks of the people, not the building. I truly believe that we need to be very pointed in making that distinction to people in this day and age. The reason for that is that most people have no idea what the church is and only get one understanding from bad television programs, biased news, and people calling themselves Christians when they’re not.
The church is not a social event. The church is not simply an organization but it is more so an organism. The church is the body of Christ.
The church is not something we do. It is a noun, not a verb. It’s not something we do, it’s who we are. This kind of vulgarizing of the church demeans it to something that we do instead of something that we are and misrepresents the whole idea of what the church is supposed to be.
We added another reason why the church gathers which was to worship the triune God through Jesus Christ. The whole purpose of being a new creation in Christ is to worship God. One of the things that the Lord Jesus Christ said is that the Lord is looking for true worshipers. If a church assembles together but doesn’t worship the Lord but goes off in some other direction then the gathering is useless.
What is worship? Worship is an attitude of the heart and mind that expresses honor, adoration, and reverence in the life of a believer towards the triune God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Worship is not just something that we do on Sunday. Worship is life (Romans 12:1). Worship is living. Worship is having the divine on the mind all the time in everything we do. To use a quote from Francis Schaeffer:
True spirituality covers all of reality. There are things the Bible tells us as absolutes which are sinful — which do not conform to the character of God. But aside from these, the Lordship of Christ covers all of life in all of life equally. It is not only that true spirituality covers all of life, but it covers all parts of the spectrum of life equally. In this sense, there is nothing concerning reality that is not spiritual.
Worship is the all-encompassing reality of the Christian. God’s plan for His people is that there should be no time where the Christian is not worshiping. This worshipful life is then magnified when the church gathers. The gathering of the church is intended to be a foretaste of heaven. It is a glimpse into the internal purpose of the people of God (Revelation 15:4).
This morning, we’re going to take a look at another reason why the church gathers in one that is controversial to some but even to those that know commonly overlooked in making this distinction between the church and the world.
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