On today’s episode, we discuss a topic that is near and dear to our hearts: the local church! You may have heard us say, “Get plugged into a local church!” a few times on this podcast, and we discuss why we continually offer that exhortation. The church is not a building; it isn’t even an organization instituted by man. The local church is an assembly of believers, and it is a local expression of the universal church, which is made up of all of God’s people across time and place. There are distinct elements that characterize a local church, but overall, the church exists for God and His glory -- that is its overall purpose.This can be fleshed out in many ways, and we look at the purpose from three perspectives: looking up, looking in, and looking out. In doing so, we talk about topics like: corporate worship, corporate prayer, church membership, submission to authority, discipleship and evangelism, and much more. Healthy local churches reflect the beautiful unity in diversity of the Trinity and put the gospel on display! We hope this conversation helps you catch a vision for what God has designed for the local church. We pray that you will be a part of a body of believers and use the gifts entrusted to you for the edification of others through Christlike love and service. We pray that you would develop a sweet affection for the local church and that gathering on Sunday to worship God as a body of believers is the culmination of your week, not an interruption.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Ep.15 A Life of Worship by Daily Grace
- “If We Could See Sunday from Heaven” by Desiring God
- Ep. 89 Spiritual Gifts and the Church by Journeywomen Podcast
- Ep. 19 What is Salvation? by Daily Grace
- Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel by Russell Moore
- The Gospel Coalition -- Church Directory
- 9Marks by Mark Dever
Scripture mentioned in this episode:
- Matthew 26:26-28
- Ephesians 4:11-16
- 1 Corinthians 12:27
- 1 Corinthians 12:7
- Colossians 3:16
- John 21:15
- 2 Timothy 2:15
- 1 Peter 5:1-4
- 1 Corinthians 12:26
- Acts 2:42
- Titus 1:5
- Matthew 18:17
- Hebrews 10:24-25
- Hebrews 3:13
- John 13:34-35
- John 17:20-23
- James 1:27
- Matthew 28:20
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