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Truth Wars Part 2

THE NECESSITY OF THE CHURCH

Hebrews 10:23-25

Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us continuingly hold fast our confession of the hope, doing so without wavering, for faithful is He who promised.24 And let us constantly be giving careful attention to one another for the purpose of stimulating one another to love and good works. 25 Not abandoning the assembling of ourselves together, even as is the habit of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the day drawing near.

1 Corinthians 12:4–7 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. 5There are different ways of serving, but the same Lord is served. 6There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to all for their particular service. 7The Spirit’s presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all.

1 Corinthians 12:25–26 And so there is no division in the body, but all its different parts have the same concern for one another. 26If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it; if one part is praised, all the other parts share its happiness.

You don’t cultivate a habit overnight. It takes time.

Church is not a place to go, rather it is a living body where God wants you to become a part––for your good and His glory

First, we are “to stimulate or stir up one another to love” (v. 24a).

Come on a mission! Come on the lookout for those in greatest need.

Love is the fulfillment of the Law (Romans 13:8).

Loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself are the first and second most important commandments.

Second, we are “to stimulate one another to . . . good works” (v. 24b).

Third, we are to “exhort or encourage one another” (v. 25).

To “love one another” (1 John 4:11)

to “welcome” one another (Rom. 15:7)

to “serve” one another (1 Peter 4:10)

to “submit” to one another (Eph. 5:21) to “do good to” one another (1 Thess. 5:15)

to “exhort” one another (Heb. 3:13)

to “admonish” one another (Col. 3:16)

to “speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” (Eph. 5:19)

to “comfort” one another (2 Cor. 13:11)

to “instruct” one another (Rom. 15:14)

to “forgive” one another (Col. 3:13)

to “confess our sins” to one another and “pray” for one another (James 5:16)

to “show hospitality” to one another (1 Peter 4:9).

We need to make the goal of our meetings the strengthening of one another’s faith and belief in the truthfulness of all that God has done for us in Christ!

Love and good works grow in the rich soil of hope in the truth of what God has promised.

The God who promised us these things is “faithful”

The kind of love that helps others and magnifies God is the fruit of hope rooted and grounded in the faithfulness of God.

It will become increasingly difficult to be a Christian in the days ahead.

Isolated, Lone-Ranger-Christians who think they can make it on their own and they don’t need the local church are destined to fail.

Church matters and is a necessity.

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