Why Going to Church Is Important, Part 4

In my previous posts, we looked at a couple reasons why the church exists: the exaltation of God and the edification of the saints. Let’s look today at the third: The church is called to evangelize the world. This purpose of the church is a natural outgrowth of the first two. If we are glorifying God and edifying one another, we will naturally want to share the hope of salvation with others through our loving actions and words. Healthy sheep . . . read more ›

This Weekend at Harvest Riverside and Orange County

The title of my message this Palm Sunday  is “Spring Cleaning.” Palm Sunday of course is the day Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. But after that, he cleansed the Temple. Jesus cleaned house and drove out those who were keeping people away from God. Could you use a little “spiritual housecleaning”? Are there some vices, sins, and things you know are wrong that have found their way into your life? Then you will want to hear this message. . . . read more ›

Why Going to Church Is Important, Part 3

As I mentioned in my last post, the church exists for three main reasons: to exalt God (upward), to edify the saints (inward), and to evangelize the world (outward). Today, let’s look at the second function—the edification of other believers. The apostle Paul said that his goal was to both warn believers and teach them “with all the wisdom God has given us, for we want to present them to God, mature in their relationship to Christ” (Colossians 1:28). This . . . read more ›

Why Going to Church Is Important, Part 2

The church exists for three purposes:  The Glorification of God  The Edification of the Saints  The Evangelization of the World In other words, “Upward, Inward, and Outward.” The first purpose of the church is to exalt God (Upward). God put us on this earth to know Him and to glorify Him. According to Ephesians 1:12, we are here to praise our glorious God! This is why we worship the Lord in song. Worship is an important part of service. A . . . read more ›

Why Going to Church Is Important, Part 1

Some people claim to be Christians but don’t attend church. But if you really love God, you will love His people and long to be with them. “Well, I haven’t found a church I like yet, and I work and Sunday is my only day off!” The Bible indeed commands us to go to church, and—even more—to be a functioning part of it. Hebrews 10:24–25 says, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good . . . read more ›