A church can be two or three preaching the gospel and teaching them that believe to preach it (Mk 16.15 & Mt 28.20). Take the Apostle Paul for example. He had merely one or two partners at a time (Barnabas, Mark, Silas and Timothy), yet he reached his whole known world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Paul obeyed Christ's command to, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mk 16.15)." and this is what you and I must do as well, for when two or three believers preach the gospel and teach one or two that believe to do the same we further the gospel greatly. The focus of today's so-called church, however, is to bring people into a building when it should be to go into the world and preach the gospel. There are seven billion people that must have the gospel preached to them in person with our mouths (Eph 6.19-20 & Col 4.3-4) before Christ returns and takes us to be with him forever (Mt 24.14 & 30-31 and 1 Thes 4.13-18) and ninety nine percent of them will not enter a church (See DO THE MATH on www.preach-the-gospel.org).
If a church is not preaching the gospel outside of it's doors it is at best a social club. Sadly, this is the case with most churches in the USA for they have replaced the gospel with their 'plan of salvation' (See PLAN OF SALVATION and THE SINNER'S PRAYER on www.preach-the-gospel.org) that can only be preached from the pulpit. Christ did not say present a 'plan of salvation' in a building. He commands us to preach the gospel in the world (Mk 16.15) just as the Apostle Paul and Christ's other disciples did. The church can only exist and grow to the extent that we preach the gospel in the world and teach them that believe to preach it. Because the gospel is not being preached as it ought to be sin is predominate in our country (See ONE NATION UNDER GOD on www.preach-the-gospel.org) and the return of Christ is being hindered (Mt 24.14 & 31).
The gospel that the Apostle Paul himself received and preached - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (See 1 Cor 15.1-4)." is easily preached after asking another if they have heard the good news (Gospel means good news.) thus allowing them to believe on Christ and be born of God (1 Cor 1.21 & 4.15 & 1 Jn 5.1). Then we can disciple (teach) them to preach it (and to teach them that believe to preach it) as well. There is a big difference between knowing and believing! When a person believes on Christ after the gospel is preached to them they are instantly born of God (1 Jn 5.1), "For it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching (the gospel, Mk 16.15) to save them that believe (1 Cor 1.21b)."
Most believers met in people's houses in New Testament times (Acts 8.3, 20.20, 28.30; Rom 8.30; 1 Cor 16.19; Col 16.19 & Philem 2) where they had fellowship and were encouraged to go into the world and preach the gospel (Heb 10.25, Mk 16.15). They knew that after the gospel was preached to every one in the world (Mt 24.14 & 30-31) Christ would return and take them to be with Him forever (1 Thes 4.13-18). Christ's promise to return still stands. The work is still not finished so believers must preach the gospel as we go and teach them that believe to preach it (See TWO OR THREE on www.preach-the-gospel.org.). Christ is waiting for the precious fruit of the earth (James 5.7).
Asking another if they have heard the good news and telling them - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15. 3-4)." allows them to believe on Christ and be saved (Jn 6.47, Acts 16.31, Rom 1.16 & 10.14 and 1 Cor 1.21 & 4.15). Then we can teach them to do the same. (See SAVED for a definition of 'saved' on www.preach-the-gospel.org.)? This is what a church is supposed to do.
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