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Topical – The Unique Purpose of the Gathered Assembly

Today we visit Jude 1:20-21 and other texts. We look at a topical message so that we can experience a variety of preaching methods and touch on topics and passages outside of our current study. We’re going to look at some peculiar aspects of the local church in order to stir up our gratitude to Jesus for His love and kindness to us. My prayer is that we all come away a little more informed and awed at the uniqueness of a true local church, especially CCF! Here is the outline:

  1. The Togetherness of God’s People
    a. It is a gathering
    b. It is alive and growing
    c. It is a refuge from falsehood and evil
  2. The Actions of God’s people
    a. Worship
    b. Fellowship
    c. Perseverance
  3. The Centrality of the Local Body
    a. pervasive
    b. spiritual
    c. voluntary
    d. symbolic
    e. communal
    f. nourishing
    g. guiding
  4. Exhortation

Public reading: Colossians 3:1-17; Benediction: Psalm 121:7-8

Jude 1:20-21

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. (ESV)

Colossians 3:1-17

3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (ESV)

Psalm 121:7-8

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore. (ESV)