The Scripture's Definition of the Gospel

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (1 Corinthians 15)

Where does a "Church" fit into the picture? In the New Testament a "Church" was an assembly of people that had heard and responded to the Gospel message, recognizing Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the "Promised One" who died for sinners. Each "member" realized his/her own sin and sinfulness and had accepted the death of Jesus Christ as having died for his/her sin. They had accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. These "believers" made up an assembly; they were a "Church." In later years, "Church" became an organized system with a central government which ultimately dominated both the religious, political, and cultural practices.

Today there are thousands of "Churches" across the world that pattern their assemblies according to the New Testament models. A Church Finder lists hundreds of these churches. To find one near you that teaches the Word of God and proclaims its Truths, go to A Church Finder and enter your State and area. Travelers can use a highway as a search parameter. (I-10) or (Hwy-101), etc.

God has ordained that believers assemble together for worship, for hearing the Word proclaimed and taught, and for friendship with God's people. The believer is to hear God's Word taught accurately, and to be supported by people who also want to hear the Word and keep it. The church provides this fellowship with God's children; it is to teach the Word of God for encouragement and for knowledge of God's will, from His Word.

When choosing a church, ask these questions: Is it made up of people who love God? Does it proclaim His Message that all have sinned and need a Savior? Does it encourage the believers to follow God's will? Does it reach out to the needy? (Especially to those who need Jesus.)

The early apostles and believers assembled the first day of each week. If you are asking or have asked God to forgive your sin because Jesus died for your sin, you need to find a church that clearly teaches God's Word by presenting the Gospel messge.

The churches listed with A Church Finder can help with a better understanding of what God has done for you and wants to do for you in the future. The Bible says, "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together;"

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