God’s True Church

This is a profound introduction to the church from the lips of our Lord. It sums up so many of the critical realities that define the church. On every first day of the week since the day that Jesus rose from the dead over two thousand years ago, believers have gathered together to celebrate His resurrection. They have gathered together to worship, to fellowship, to sing, to pray, to hear the Scriptures taught.

Sunday has been known, and rightly so since that’s how John identifies it, as the Lord’s Day. And those who belong to the Lord by repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ come together on the Lord’s Day, and they have since the resurrection, to worship Him. This is our joy. This is not a burdensome duty. This is the desire of our heart. We do it with thanksgiving, we do it with love, and we do it with full joy. We are those who have received the forgiveness of sins, and with that we have been placed into a state of no condemnation, because Christ paid in full for our sins on the cross. The church is then the most precious possession that God has. It is His redeemed people.

The gospel does not offer you what you want, it offers you what God wants, which is far better. But that’s what keeps people from Christ: they want what they want, not what He wants. A church is not a place where people come to get what they want, it’s a place where people come to hear what Christ wants. ~John MacArthur

On every first day of the week since the day that Jesus
rose from the dead over two thousand years ago,
believers have gathered together to celebrate His resurrection.
They have gathered together to worship, to fellowship,
to sing, to pray, to hear the Scriptures taught..
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