I quit inviting people to church.
Some of you might think that’s a breath of fresh air. Some of you probably think that is the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard.
Now, I’m not saying let’s lock the doors, implement security codes and retinal scanners to keep outsiders out. I’m just rethinking the purpose of the Sunday assembly or what we call “going to church.”
Jesus said, “Make disciples.”
When Jesus made disciples he met them where they were. He healed them. He fed them. He brought them back to life right where he found them.
I’m afraid personal responsibility to go make disciples has been replaced with something I’ve heard called “congregational evangelism” which is really just inviting people to church. Jesus didn’t say invite. He said, “GO!”
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Mt. 28:19
Disciples gather on Sunday.
Historically, it’s a day believers gather with other believers. We call that gathering church.
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together… Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” John 20:19
On the first day of the week, we gathered with the local believers to share in the Lord’s Supper. Acts 20:7
On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned. 1 Cor. 16:2
Assemblies were designed primarily for the church.
Church assemblies are huddle time. They are family dinners. The are team meetings.
We must not quit meeting together, as some are doing. No, we need to keep on encouraging each other. This becomes more and more important as you see the Day getting closer. Heb. 10:25
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thes. 5:11
Sundays are a memorial day.
Sundays are special. Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week.
After Jesus rose from the dead early on Sunday morning. Mark 16:9
The church gathers to remember this colossal event every week.
On the first day of the week, we gathered with the local believers to share in the Lord’s Supper. Paul was preaching to them, and since he was leaving the next day, he kept talking until midnight. Acts 20:7
When you meet together… Do this to remember me… For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again. (Read 1 Cor. 11:17-34 here.)
Memorials are observed by citizens, members, countrymen and followers, even followers of the Christ.
If you want a more scholarly take on this, check out: The Purpose and Goals of the New Testament Assembly (Christ’s Church)
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