by Jerry Vines

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CHURCH 2000 (1 OF 12)
Matthew 16:17-18
Jerry Vines

For a few Sunday nights I'm going to talk to you
a little bit about what the church is and what the
church is intended to do. When you open up your New
Testament and begin to read it is not long until you
find some books in the Bible that are addressed to
churches. There's a letter to the church at Rome.
There's a letter to the church at Corinth. So, the
word "church" is a word that is used in the New
Testament. It is also a word that is used today. As
you drive around the country and as you move around
the city of Jacksonville, you will use the word
"church" many times. You will talk about First
Baptist Church, or you will find Holly Springs Baptist
Church, or Pine Grove Methodist Church. So, all
around us today we use the terminology "church".

What do we mean when we talk about a church?
What is the purpose of a church? And what is a
church intended to do?

We are moving into the brand new millennium. We
are now in the 2000s. I'm trying to get used to
writing 2000 on my checks and correspondence. There
are some trends that indicate to us that the 2000s are
going to be rather interesting years in terms of what
churches are and what they are intended to do. There
is some information which is not encouraging to us.
Surveys have said that today only about one out of
every five members of a church attend the church more
than one Sunday a month. Another disturbing statistic
is that only one out of three church members ever read
their Bible or engage in any kind of serious Bible

Another thing that is very disturbing is that
even among evangelical churches only about one out of
four people say they believe there is any such thing
as "absolute truth." So we are moving toward a time
of change.

There are some other changes. We are becoming a
rather different country in terms of ...

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