Why is the church important? Read my latest blog post and tell me what the church means to you.
Acts 9:31, “Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.”
This chapter is a record of the conversion and spiritual growth of the Apostle Paul. But in verse 31 we have a striking description of the New Testament Church.
It is important that we understand the difference between "the church", which is that invisible Body of Christ comprised of all truly born again persons, with the Lord as its' living head; and "church", which refers to the local assembly of believers. There is only one "church", but there are tens of thousands of "churches" (local assemblies). This text refers to the local churches in Judea, Galilee, and Samaria.
Why is the church important?
"If There Were No Churches"
If there were no churches there would be:
No church fellowship!
No Sunday School!
No Prayer Meetings!
No Christian homes!
No "salt of the earth"!
No "light of the world"!
No gospel preached to lost sinners!
No missionaries sent to the foreign fields!
No "body of Christ" in the world!
No rapture and wedding day of the church to look for!
No training courses for the youth of the land!
No family altars!
No preachers to visit the sad and lonely homes!
No prayers for sinners!
No moral training for boys and girls! No Christian colleges!
No love for the lost sinners!