The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

Converted to Christ and his church

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Brief, wise words from Joe Thorn:

Of course it’s possible to be converted and not be a part of the local church. Possible. And dangerous. You see, the goal–the mission of the church–is not to see converts, but to make disciples. Conversion is but a part of that process. The making of spiritually mature disciples who obey Jesus Christ can only fully happen inside the church. It is in the church where we discover and exercise our spiritual gifts; where we bear one another’s burdens, exhort, encourage, and rebuke one another; where we share in one body, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one Father.

Preach the gospel. Preach the hope of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection for sinners. Preach it with the aim of reconciling people to God and receiving them into the fellowship. The local church (in all it’s ministries and meetings) is “where it’s at,” not because it’s cool, entertaining, or perfect, but because that it is where Christ stands with his people, fellowshipping with them, and leading them through this life into the life to come.

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Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 23 August 2013 at 07:49

Posted in Ecclesiology

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  1. Reblogged this on Fighting Upstream and commented:
    This is a great treatment on the issue of the importance of being part of the local church. Do not underestimate the importance of being part of the body.

    cfletch89

    Tuesday 17 September 2013 at 20:14


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