We begin work today on a new series, Elements of a Biblically-Based Congregation. There are so many elements of Christianity – grace, covenant, law, forgiveness, eternal life, etcetera. We’re not going to talk about those in this series. We’re not going to talk about numbers, church buildings, budgets, what people wear to church, the right doctrines or music. We’re going to talk about longevity. What causes a congregation to last?
Now, this is a three-part series. The first part is the foundation, which is Christ, specifically – the way He acted when He came in contact with other people in His group – His example, in other words. The second part will be about a spirit-led congregation and what it looks like. And third, we’re going to discuss the purpose of a spirit-led congregation. Okay, that’s the introduction to this series. Now we come to the introduction to the presentation.
The New Testament describes the church as a vital part of a Christian spiritual development. That makes the church incredibly important to each of us for the sake of our own spiritual health. Did you get that? The church is important for our spiritual health. God tells us that the church is one of the primary tools He uses in His sanctification process. It’s one of the ways He perfects us….