Today's church puts the emphasis on gathering together rather than, "Going into all the world and preaching the gospel to every creature (Mk 16.15)." as Christ commands. This ought not to be.
The purpose of gathering together is to encourage one another so we can go out and preach the gospel boldly as we ought to (Mk 16.15 & Eph 6.19). But the gospel has been so watered down by our own doctrine that we can't preach even preach it (See PLAN OF SALVATION on www.preach-the-gospel.org). How can we preach the gospel when we don't know what it is? The alternative - we hide in a building (See THE BUILDING on www.preach-the-gospel.org. & Mt 5.15).
The Apostle Paul clearly defined the gospel in his first letter to the Corinthians. "Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand... I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Cor 15.1 & 3-4)."
It's simple to preach the gospel to another. After asking them if they have heard the good news (Gospel means good news.). Tell them, Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.3-4). We get the same results Paul did when we preach this gospel he received and preached. He wrote, "I have begotten you through the gospel (1 Cor 4.15b)." What really matters is a new creature, not religion (Gal 6.15-16).
We gather together to encourage one another to, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mk 16.15)." as Christ has commanded, not just sing sweet little hymns, have our ears tickled by high sounding sermons, rub elbows, then go about business as usual (devoid of preaching the gospel).
Let's put the emphasis back where it belongs, on preaching the gospel.
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