Today's definition of a church is the gathering together of people inside of a building to worship, pray and listen to a sermon. But Christ's definition is far different.
Christ says that, "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them (Mt 18.20)." In his name means 'for his names sake' which is to "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mk 16.15). Today's so-called churches aren't preaching the gospel in the world as Christ commands us to do (See Go and PREACHING on www.preach-the-gospel.org.) It only takes two or three people preaching the gospel and teaching others to do the same to make up a church that is furthering the gospel far more than any of today's so-called mega-church's whose huge congregations are not preaching the gospel.
Preaching the gospel means to tell another the good news of Christ's death, burial and resurrection in person with our mouth regardless of whether they want to hear it. It is not transmitting a 'plan of salvation' via satellite, TV, internet radio and bible tracts as today's so-called churches are doing. By teaching one or two others to preach the gospel (and to teach one or two others to do the same) we multiply the gospel exponentially. Double one thirty three times and see how many you come up with. This shows the power of the exponential growth that can occur as we preach the gospel in the world and teach others to do the same (See TWO OR THREE and DO THE MATH on www.preach-the-gospel.org).
We can preach the gospel to another and teach them to preach it in less than two minutes by asking them if they have heard the good news (Gospel means good news.) and telling them - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor. 15.3-4)." Then we multiply the gospel seed by teaching them that believe to preach this same gospel that the Apostle Paul himself received and preached (1 Cor. 15.1-4). Have them ask us if we have heard the good news and play dumb (No, Did I hit the lottery?) then coach them through preaching it. Then ask them to teach us how to preach the gospel. Have them say, "Now ask me if I have heard the good news," and immediately tell them to play dumb (i.e. Did I get a pay raise?) and help them (while still role playing) to teach you how to preach the gospel. After they have taught you thank them for preaching the gospel to you and teaching you how to preach the gospel and tell them that you are going to go tell others now.
This method of preaching the gospel and teaching another how to preach it effectively plants the gospel seed (See Lk 8.5-15), but is not as effective as teaching one or two to preach it and helping them preach it to one or two (and teach them to do the same) which provides exponential growth. Teaching them how to preach the gospel is easy, but teaching them to preach the gospel requires more effort. Either way works.
There are seven billion people that we must preach the gospel to before Christ returns to take us to be with him forever (Mt 24.14 & 30-31 and 1 Thess. 4.13-18). Let's "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mk 16.15)." The world is our church (See DOERS on www.preach-the-gospel.org.).
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