Is going to church and listening to the gospel relevant to a believer, or should the individual just train on their own? Most people wanting to lose weight turn to a gym to help them with their problem. A trainer would know that eating the right foods, in proper quantities, and exercise will help build up the body, and keep it in shape. A person troubled by fear, hate, anxieties also needs a place to go and a message to hear so that they can overcome their problems. History proves that going to church provides the solution. But why then isn't everyone going to church knowing all the problems that people have in today's society? Perhaps because they believe that they can get into shape without the help of others. Perhaps because the trainer refuses to take them in because they don't have the qualifications; meaning they wouldn't follow the dietary allowances, or spend the proper amount of time exercising. So just as an out of shape body needs the use of a gym, so too does the troubled soul the use of a church.
There are so many churches that are so interested in preaching love that they forget to show that God is also a God of judgment; on the other hand, you have so many churches that preach judgment and forget to show that God is also a God of grace. The best kind of church is a church that is able to use the culmination of Scripture, and to move from the explanation of the Scripture to the teaching of the Scripture, timely and relevant, but also graceful without forgetting that God has judgment toward sinners. Thus, the church must teach the full truth, something that a lot of churches do not do. Pastor Turner pulls no punches - you'll hear the full truth here!
So glad you asked! Presently, we are studying "Heaven" in Sunday School and what we have found is . . .