Series: The Dearest Place on Earth
Household of God: Visible Theology
September 27, 2020 | John Nix
1 Timothy 3:14-16
The church seems to have fallen on hard times. According to a recent Barna report, one in five churches will close over the next eighteen months. To some professing Christians, the church appears to be unnecessary and unimportant. Is the church moving toward obsolescence? 1 Timothy 3:14-16 reminds us that the church matters to God. God has given His people the privilege and responsibility of living in such a way that people can see the gospel at work while upholding its truth.
Here are some questions that we hope you'll take a few minutes to think through and answer. And if you are watching with others, please take the opportunity to discuss these questions aloud.
- Would an unbeliever who visits The Orchard be convinced that God is here? Why?
- Why is the Bible so important to The Orchard?
- How does Jesus unravel the mystery of godliness?
On April 5, 1891, Charles Spurgeon said the following:
“Give yourself to the Church. You that are members of the Church have not found it perfect and I hope that you feel almost glad that you have not. If I had never joined a Church till I had found one that was perfect, I would never have joined one at all! And the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect Church after I had become a member of it.
Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us… All who have first given themselves to the Lord, should, as speedily as possible, also give themselves to the Lord’s people. How else is there to be a Church on the earth? If it is right for anyone to refrain from membership in the Church, it is right for everyone, and then the testimony for God would be lost to the world!
As I have already said, the Church is faulty, but that is no excuse for your not joining it, if you are the Lord’s. Nor need your own faults keep you back, for the Church is not an institution for perfect people, but a sanctuary for sinners saved by grace, who, though they are saved, are still sinners and need all the help they can derive from the sympathy and guidance of their fellow believers.
The Church is the nursery for God’s weak children where they are nourished and grow strong. It is the fold for Christ’s sheep—the home for Christ’s family.”
This four-week sermon series will look at the bride, it's people, and the head of the church, Jesus Christ. No church is perfect. But still, as imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth.