Does Local Church Matter?
“Finding the Importance of the Local Church in the Movement”
- List what you don’t like about your church on left hand column
- List what you would like to see in your church on right hand column
- 80% of 2nd generation Korean Americans leave their parents’ church (AmenNet News).
- The majority of KA immigrant churches are 80 or less in Sunday attendance (AmenNet News).
- 8% of American adults fall under the category of evangelicals who believe that
– The Bible is God’s true word
– Jesus died on the cross for our sins
– Individuals need to be personally converted
– The gospel needs to be expressed in effort (A Call to Resurgence by Mark Driscoll)
- What’s your story of believing the Bible is God’s word, Jesus died on the cross for your sins, have been baptized in public, and making efforts to share the gospel?
The Local Church
- The local church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord. In obedience to Scripture they organize under qualified leadership, gather regularly for preaching and worship, observe the biblical sacraments of baptism and Communion, are unified by the Spirit, are disciplined for holiness, and scatter to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission as missionaries to the world for God’s glory and their joy (Mark Driscoll, Vintage Church, p. 38).
- John 3:5
- Acts 14:23
- 1 Timothy 3:1-13
- Luke 22:19-20
- Ephesians 2:18
- Romans 1:7
- 1 John 4:7
- Matthew 28:19-20
A True Church
is characterized by
- Regenerated church membership
- Qualified leadership
- Preaching and worship
- Rightly administered sacraments
- Spirit unity
- The Great Commandment to love
- The Great Commission to evangelize and make disciples (Mark Driscoll, Vintage Church, pp. 38-40).
A Call to Repentance
- Jeff Bethke of “Jesus > Religion” interviews
- Tim Keller of “The Reason for God”
- Some current problems of the Western church: 3 idols – experience, doctrine, and consumerism
- Encouraging and discouraging signs about The Millennials: the love of community and the lack of commitment
- What is Jesus calling you to do in your local church?