Grace to You

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Now as we continue to talk about the church, I want to kind of go back to some basics, and I started that last week. I read you a little list of about a dozen things that characterized the life of the church, and we're trying to help you understand the church. Many, many new people; we've had a show of hands in recent weeks about how many of you have been here in the last year or so or two years, and it's really amazing how many folks the Lord has brought into our church recently. And it's important for us to know you and it's important for you to know us. It's important for us together to understand the church and what distinguishes the church.

And I want to say, as I've said many times through the years, I love the church. It is the only institution that our Lord said He would build and bless. It is the one work of God in the world--the one redeeming work of God in the world through Christ is the establishing and building of the church. We started in Matthew where Jesus said, "I will build My church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it." We love the church and we want the church to be the church in terms of its biblical definition. The church, as we have learned, is chosen by God. It is a gathering of people who confess Jesus as Lord, who come together to worship God, to worship Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit....

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry... gty.org

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