Is The Church Essential?

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Join Pastor Duke on the Mesquite Worship Center Live Stream as he shares about whether or not it is essential for Christian to gather at church.

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Is Gathering at Church Essential?

Join Pastor Duke on the Mesquite Worship Center Live Stream as he shares about whether or not it is essential for Christian to gather at church.

Posted by Mesquite Worship Center on Sunday, April 5, 2020

Sermon Notes:

Is It Essential To Gather At Church

Introduction

  1. A little paint illustration
  2. David Wilkerson Prophecy

The Gathering Was Jesus’ Idea

Matthew 16:17-19 New King James Version (NKJV)

17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Ekklesia

a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly

The Gathering Has Greater Power

  • Binding and loosing
  • Jesus in the midst (

Matthew 18:19-21 New King James Version (NKJV)

19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

The Gathering Is The Entire Expression Of Jesus To Our Communities

Romans 12:3-8

3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27

12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.

15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?

20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

The Gathering Is An Appointment With God

Matthew 18:19

  1. When we gather Jesus is there.
  2. God’s Spirit is there when we assemble.

Acts 4:31

And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

Why Do People Think It Is Non-Essential?

  1. They have taken on a secular world view.
  2. The church has made the gathering something other than what I talked about.
    1. It has made the gathering an event
    1. It has made the gathering a cruise ship
    1. It has made the gathering about the preaching
    1. It has made the gathering about the music
    1. It has made the gathering about the ministries offered.

What Is It God Is Speaking To Repent About?

  • Thinking, desire, then sin.

James 1:14-15

14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

  • Change thinking, change desire, results in repentance and changing direction.