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    • Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  “Come to the altar and be saved. You don‟t need to be a member of any church to be saved. Being a part of a church has nothing to do with being saved.” Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  That‟s a funny statement in light of Scripture. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  That‟s a funny statement in light of Scripture. › “The husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior” (Eph. 5:23, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  That‟s a funny statement in light of Scripture. › “The husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior” (Eph. 5:23, ESV). › “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood” (Acts 20:28, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  That‟s a funny statement in light of Scripture. › “The husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior” (Eph. 5:23, ESV). › “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood” (Acts 20:28, ESV). › “The Lord added to their number [the church] day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  The idea in saying that you don‟t need to be a member of the church is that the church isn‟t important. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  The idea in saying that you don‟t need to be a member of the church is that the church isn‟t important. › But, the church must be important. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  The idea in saying that you don‟t need to be a member of the church is that the church isn‟t important. › But, the church must be important.  Jesus died for the church. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  The idea in saying that you don‟t need to be a member of the church is that the church isn‟t important. › But, the church must be important.  Jesus died for the church: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Eph. 5:25, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  The idea in saying that you don‟t need to be a member of the church is that the church isn‟t important. › But, the church must be important.  Jesus died for the church: (Eph. 5:25).  Jesus promised to build the church. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  The idea in saying that you don‟t need to be a member of the church is that the church isn‟t important. › But, the church must be important.  Jesus died for the church: (Eph. 5:25).  Jesus promised to build the church.  “On this rock I will build my church” (Mt. 16:18, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  The idea in saying that you don‟t need to be a member of the church is that the church isn‟t important. › But, the church must be important.  Jesus died for the church: (Eph. 5:25).  Jesus promised to build the church.  “On this rock I will build my church” (Mt. 16:18, ESV).  Why would Jesus promise to build something unimportant? Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  Through prophets, God promised that the church would be built. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  Through prophets, God promised that the church would be built. › “It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: „Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.‟ For out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Is. 2:2-4, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  Through prophets, God promised that the church would be built. › Is. 2:2-4. › “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever” (Dan. 2:44, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    • Why is the church so important? Do We Really Need the Church?
    • Why is the church so important? The Fellowship of Believers & the Cooperation of Believers Do We Really Need the Church?
    • The church is important for the fellowship of believers. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  People are by nature very social beings. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  People are by nature very social beings. › “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him” (Gn 2:18, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  People are by nature very social beings. › “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him” (Gn 2:18, ESV). › Man was created to live in fellowship. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  The New Testament speaks about the fellowship of Christians. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  The New Testament speaks about the fellowship of Christians. › “They devoted themselves to the apostles‟ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  The New Testament speaks about the fellowship of Christians. › “They devoted themselves to the apostles‟ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42, ESV). › “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 Jn. 1:7, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  Fellowship encourages us to live right before God. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  Fellowship encourages us to live right before God. › “Exhort one another every day, as long as it is called „today,‟ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb. 3:13, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  Fellowship encourages us to live right before God. › “Exhort one another every day, as long as it is called „today,‟ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb. 3:13, ESV). › “It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved” (2 Cor. 12:19, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    • This exhortation is so vital. Do We Really Need the Church?
    • Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  Fellowship helps brethren face difficulties. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  Fellowship helps brethren face difficulties. › “Weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12:15, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  Fellowship helps brethren face difficulties. › “Weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12:15, ESV). › “Jesus wept” (Jn. 11:35, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    • The comfort we give brethren is so vital. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  Fellowship helps brethren get rid of sin. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  Fellowship helps brethren get rid of sin. › “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another‟s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal 6:1-2, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  Fellowship helps brethren get rid of sin. › “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another‟s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal 6:1-2, ESV). › This support is so vital. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  Love for one another permeates this fellowship. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  Love for one another permeates this fellowship. › “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn. 13:35, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  Love for one another permeates this fellowship. › “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn. 13:35, ESV). › “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God” (1 Jn. 4:7, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    • The church must be a place of love. Do We Really Need the Church?
    • Why did God want the church to have close fellowship? Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  This type of fellowship will attract unbelievers. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  This type of fellowship will attract unbelievers. › This world is a cold, cold place. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  This type of fellowship will attract unbelievers. › This world is a cold, cold place. › For many, the love & fellowship of the church is a welcome change. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  This type of fellowship prepares us for difficult times. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  This type of fellowship prepares us for difficult times. › Who hasn‟t had extremely difficult days? Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  This type of fellowship prepares us for difficult times. › Who hasn‟t had extremely difficult days? › Where can we turn when life seems so difficult? Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  This type of fellowship restores those fallen in sin. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  This type of fellowship restores those fallen in sin. › “When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord” (1 Cor. 5:4-5, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  This type of fellowship restores those fallen in sin. › “When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord” (1 Cor. 5:4-5, ESV).  Immorality in the church cannot be tolerated & those persisting in sin must be withdrawn from. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  This type of fellowship restores those fallen in sin. › “When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord” (1 Cor. 5:4-5, ESV).  Immorality in the church cannot be tolerated & those persisting in sin must be withdrawn from.  But, the withdrawing is for his own benefit. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  How does disfellowshipping help one to realize his error? Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  How does disfellowshipping help one to realize his error? › The group where he has found such love does not accept his behavior. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  How does disfellowshipping help one to realize his error? › The group where he has found such love does not accept his behavior. › Once he no longer has that fellowship, he realizes what he is missing, corrects his behavior, & comes home. Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  How does disfellowshipping help one to realize his error? › The group where he has found such love does not accept his behavior. › Once he no longer has that fellowship, he realizes what he is missing, corrects his behavior, & comes home.  “How many of my father‟s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!” (Lk 16:17, ESV). Do We Really Need the Church?
    •  How does disfellowshipping help one to realize his error? › The group where he has found such love does not accept his behavior. › Once he no longer has that fellowship, he realizes what he is missing, corrects his behavior, & comes home.  “How many of my father‟s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!” (Lk 16:17, ESV).  He realized what he was missing, corrected his behavior, & returned home. Do We Really Need the Church?
    • The church provides a vital service for its members: The fellowship of believers! Do We Really Need the Church?
    • You need to fellowship with your brethren. Do We Really Need the Church?
    • You need to fellowship with your brethren. But, in order to fellowship with your brethren, you need to be a member of the church. Do We Really Need the Church?
    • Are you a member of the church? Do We Really Need the Church?