Ninety percent of the people in the world will never go into a church building. This is not the sad part. The sad part is that Christians are not going into the world and preaching the gospel to them that they might believe on Christ and be saved (Mk 16.15, Jn 6.47 and 1 Cor 1.21 & 4.15). Christ did not say go into the church. He commands us to go into the world.
Preaching the gospel is simply telling another the good news that "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.1-4)." in person with our mouth (1 Cor 1.21 & Eph 6.19-20). If we aren't doing this the chances are that we belong to a social club not a church. The mission of the church is to preach the gospel to every person in every nation and when we complete this work the end will come and Christ will return and take us to be with him forever (Mk 16.15, Mt 24.14 & 30-31 and 1 Thes 4.13-18). If a congregation is not preaching the gospel outside their building at best they are a social club (See CHURCH OR SOCIAL CLUB? on www.preach-the-gospel.org).
Your pastor will not tell you what the gospel is or teach you to go into the world and preach it. He wants you to bring people into his church because that's his livelihood. The evangelical church has replaced the gospel with their 'plan of salvation' which can only be preached from the pulpit. Because of this we are not preaching the gospel (telling the good news) in the world in person with our mouth (Col 4.3-4) and the whole world continues to lie in wickedness (1 Jn 5.19). But we can reverse this trend. We can turn the world right-side up and speed Christ's return! Christ says - "Where two or three (not two or more as the church often misquotes) are gathered together in my name there am I in the midst of them (Mt 18.20)." If we preach the gospel to one person and teach that person to preach the gospel (and to teach another to preach it) we have a church that is furthering the gospel more than any of today's mega church's, because they are not preaching the gospel in the world. Multimedia does not count, for the gospel must be preached in person with our mouth (Mt 10.32 & Eph 6.19-20). In so doing we can reach the entire world in a short period of time (See DO THE MATH and TWO OR THREE on www.preach-the-gospel.org).
Christ commands us to, "Go into the world and preach the gospel... (Mk 16.15)." not go into the church building. By preaching the gospel and teaching them that believe to preach it (Mk 16.15 & Mt 28.20) we turn the world right-side up (1 Jn 1.3), and when we tell the good news to every person in the world (in person with our mouth) Christ will return and take us to be with him forever (Mk 16.15, Mt 24.14 & 30-31 and 1 Thes 4.13-18).
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