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What Kind of Church Is This? (1 of 5)
Questions About The Church
October 21, 2001
Introduction: Today I am launching a new series of morning messages. My next five sermons will address a few of the most common questions I am asked about this church—such as What Kind of Church Is This? What Is A Christian Church? Why Do You Have Communion So Often? Why Do You Practice Baptism the Way You Do? and others.
I am preaching on this for a number of reasons. First, these are real questions that real people want to know about this church? They are also questions that I am sure you are sometimes asked by friends and family who don't go to church anywhere or who go to churches that may do things a bit differently than we do. If you are a veteran of this congregation, you can probably answer such questions as well as I can. But even if you can, a little review never hurts.
Above all, I am talking about these topics because I want everyone of you not only to know the answers to such queries, but to be equipped to answer them yourself. The Bible encourages every follower of Jesus saying, "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect," (Pet. 3:15). The church, this congregation anyway, is not a secret organization where all but the insiders are forbidden to know the secrets teachings and inner workings of the organization. Quite the opposite—We want to be open and transparent about everything we teach and believe. We want our faith and way of life not to be a closely guarded secret, but a contagious faith that spreads from life to life, house to house, family to family throughout the Tri-Country Area. We want the message about our great and loving God to "ring out" from here. For that to happen, more and more of us need to know how to answer some frequently asked questions.
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