Church is where you go to listen to sermons on hellfire and brimstone.



I’ve attended churches where all you hear is “hellfire and brimstone,” where the preacher gets the congregation worked up to an emotional frenzy. Other churches never mention the subject. These subjects are mentioned in scripture and need to be taught along with everything else. However, the reason for Christianssinners saved by God’s graceto come together involves more than hearing a sermon on eternal damnation. That subject should be reserved primarily for unsaved sinners, since they are the ones in danger of hell.

You, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. And have mercy on some, who are doubting; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh. (Jude 20-23)

Jude implied that any unsaved persons in the midst of the church need to be snatched “out of the fire.” Even so, the church’s primary reason for meeting is stated in Acts 20:

On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight. (Acts 20:7)

The gathering to “break bread” means they were meeting on Sunday
the first day of the weekto take the Lord’s Supper. They didn’t come to hear Paul preach, although he did. They came together to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for them on Calvary.

In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul severely chastised the church for meeting for all the wrong reasons: “When you meet together, it is not to eat the Lord's Supper.” (1 Cor 11:20)

Many think taking the Lord’s Supper every Sunday makes it seem too “commonplace.” Hmmm... I wonder if passing the collection plate every Sunday ever gets monotonous or commonplace?

If you truly love your Savior, remembering Him by taking the Lord's Supper NEVER gets monotonous.