Church? Who Needs It

Skip Heitzig

The Church. Who really needs to be a part of it? Why should we belong to something so archaic and so narrow? The culture around us seems to ask this question relentlessly, but what is the answer? Pastor Skip Heitzig presents a series of reasons why the church, as Christ established it, is so vitally important to the Christian walk. From God's original intent for His church, to the ways in which He uses us today, and the reasons why people attend and leave the church, this series emphasizes the importance of the Church and the need to revere it as divinely established.


 

Table of Contents

# SCRIPTURE: MESSAGE:
1 Acts 1:12-15;2:1-13 The Church? Who Needs It
2 Matthew 16:13-18 Hey, Look Who's Starting a Church!
3 John 17 The Church Jesus Would Attend - Part 1
4 John 17 The Church Jesus Would Attend - Part 2
5 Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 The Art of Going to Church
6 Acts 2:42 On Your Mark, Get Set…GROW! - Part 1
7 Acts 2:42 On Your Mark, Get Set…GROW! - Part 2
8 Acts 2:42 On Your Mark, Get Set…GROW! - Part 3
9 Acts 2:42 On Your Mark, Get Set…GROW! - Part 4
10 Acts 2:44-45 When Christians Are Generous
11 Acts 2:47 Soul Winning
12 1 Corinthians 12:3-22 How to Build a Beautiful Body
13 Philippians 2:1-4 Avoiding Church Splits
14 Acts 2:47;Revelation 4-5:14 Hands Up, Face Down
15 Acts 6:1-15;Acts 20:1-36 The Deacon-Possessed Church
16 Acts 1:8 You're On a Mission-From God!

 


 

SERIES: Church? Who Needs It
MESSAGE: The Church? Who Needs It
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Acts 1:12-15;2:1-13
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/678

MESSAGE SUMMARY
I'm a churchman. I freely confess that. Yet I'm also painfully aware that the culture around me incessantly asks the above question when it comes to the church: Who needs it? Why should I belong to something so archaic and so narrow? In the next several weeks, I'd like to take a fresh look at us--the church of Christ--and answer this question. Today, as we begin our series, let's jump right in and deal with this question head on: Who needs the church and why?

DETAILED NOTES
I. A Recurring Question: Who Needs Church?

A. Asked in the Past

B. Asked in the Present





II. A Reassuring Answer: I Do, You Do, We All Do!



  1. Because We Need God's People

  2. Because We Need God's Principles

  3. Because We Need God's Purpose

  4. Because We Need God's Presence





Questions for Home Groups:



  1. What are your reasons for attending and belonging to a church family? Do you know the joy of helping others learn, grow, and go out? Think of some creative ways to do so.

  2. Are you trying to be a "believer" but not a "belonger," hiding behind the façade of, "I'm just not into organized religion"? What are you into? What kind of legacy are you leaving your children when it comes to faithfulness to God and His people?

  3. Do you really believe that we need you? It's true! Do you really believe you need us? It's true! Why not commit to the only outfit that God is behind--His church?

Topic: Church

Keywords: church, culture, presence, family, faithfulness

 


 

SERIES: Church? Who Needs It
MESSAGE: Hey, Look Who's Starting a Church!
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:13-18
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/680

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Church was God's idea. It's His plan. Jesus Christ is the founder, architect, builder, owner, and director of the church. Today we look at the first mention of the church in the Bible and consider our spiritual origins. As we listen into a conversation between Jesus and His followers, let's also rediscover our spiritual roots as the people of God. You'll discover that in New Testament terms, both Christian and church are synonymous--one implies the other.

DETAILED NOTES
I. He Names It--Its Designation





II. He Builds It--Its Foundation





III. He Owns It--Its Possession





IV. He Keeps It--Its Preservation





Questions for Home Groups:



  1. When you hear of a need at your local church--someone hurting, in need of some help--how do respond? Is your first thought, "What can I do to show them Christ's love?"  Or do you think, "That's the church's job--somebody should do something about that"? If the latter is your response, then you've missed the whole point: church isn't something you attend, it's something you become!


Jesus never promised that your church will continue to survive in society--but He did promise that His church will survive and thrive. What does that mean in light of modern research concerning church growth and development?

Topic: Church

Keywords: church, preservation, christian, society, modern, growth, development

 


 

SERIES: Church? Who Needs It
MESSAGE: The Church Jesus Would Attend - Part 1
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: John 17
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/689

MESSAGE SUMMARY
The church is not a place; but it is a people. The church is not where you worship; but it is you who worship. Jesus laid claim on the church; it belongs to Him ("I will build My church"). So what does He want His church to be like? What things should characterize us overall as a church? In short--what kind of church would Jesus attend? In His longest recorded prayer, the Lord longs for four characteristics that are to mark God’s people. Today we look at the first two.

DETAILED NOTES
I. One that Radiates the Glory of God (vv. 1, 4-5, 6, 9-10, 22, 24)


II. One that Reveals the Truth of God (vv. 6-8)


A. Truth Produces Joy (vv. 13-14)

B. Truth Produces Holiness (vv. 15-19)

For Next Week:

III. One that Rescues the Enemies of God


IV. One that Rallies Over the Love of God


Questions for Home Groups:


  1. What one word describes your life-goal? Is it the same goal Jesus has for you? Do you think God's people in general have the same life-goal Jesus wants for them? Why or why not?

  2. How is it possible for you to glorify God? In what ways do you see that happening?

  3. When was the last time you read the Bible personally? For how long? How did it affect your day? How does it affect your business, marriage, friendships, and recreation?

Topic: Church

Keywords: church, glory, goal, glorify, business, marriage, friendships

 


 

SERIES: Church? Who Needs It
MESSAGE: The Church Jesus Would Attend - Part 2
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: John 17
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/691

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Church-shopping and church-hopping have long been one of American Christians' notable patterns. Most want a church that suits them, helps them, and pleases them. But since Jesus paid for it, it's His church (Acts 20:28). So what does He want from us as a group? What should the collective people of God be like? What ingredients and activities ought to be part of our makeup as a congregation? In short--what kind of church would Jesus attend?

DETAILED NOTES
From Last Week:
I. One that Radiates the Glory of God
II. One that Reveals the Truth of God
A. Truth Produces Joy (vv. 13-14)
B. Truth Produces Holiness (vv. 15-19))


III. One that Rescues the Enemies of God (vv. 14-18)


  1. Knowing

  2. Growing

  3. Going


IV. One that Rallies over the Love of God (vv. 21-26)

Questions for Home Groups:

  1. Look over these four ingredients of what Jesus wants from His church to see if they are a part of your priority list for your personal life.

  2. Are you evangelizing or fossilizing?

  3. How big of a circle do you draw for fellowship: A. Only my family, B. Only my family and my small group (Women's, men's, home group), C. Only my family, small group and church family, D. All those who know and love the Lord Jesus (in my home, church family, small group, neighborhood, city, state, country, planet).

Topic: Church

Keywords: church, congregation, evangelizing, evangelism

 


 

SERIES: Church? Who Needs It
MESSAGE: The Art of Going to Church
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/693

MESSAGE SUMMARY

If you're reading this, chances are you've come to church! But why are you here? What is your intention? Don't get me wrong, we're glad you're here today in this place of worship. But for a moment, think about your motivation and your experience--why you've come and what you'll do while you're here and even afterwards. There really is a right way and a wrong way to come to church. Let's consider the words of Solomon--the ancient Preacher.

DETAILED NOTES
I. Watch Your Approach to God (vv.1-3)

A. Ceremonial Approach (v.1)

B. Superficial Approach (vv.2-3)

C. Sincere Approach (v.1a)



II. Watch Your Affirmation of God (vv.4-6)



III. Watch Your Attitude Towards God (v.7)



Questions for Home Groups:

First consider hosting a home group at your house to be able to apply these truths each week.

How important is it for you to get together with other Christians for worship and hear the teaching of Scripture? Do you go to church when you're on vacation?

How are you at listening? Do you regularly hear God speak at church? How often?

Keywords: church, attitude, affirmation, fellowship, voice

 


 

SERIES: Church? Who Needs It
MESSAGE: On Your Mark, Get Set…GROW! - Part 1
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Acts 2:42
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/695

MESSAGE SUMMARY
What did the very first church look like? If we can answer that question, we can determine two things: First, we will be able to see the model we are expected to follow as a church. Second, we will be able to see why we need the church, since these things speak to core needs that we all have. The first church in Jerusalem was a learning church, a caring church, a worshipping church and a generous church. Let’s consider the first mark today, and the place that apostolic teaching and preaching had on the very first assembly.

DETAILED NOTES
I. Learning Leads to Growing ("Doctrine")



II. Preaching Leads to Practicing ("Apostles'Doctrine")



III. Continuing Leads to Persevering ("Continued Steadfastly" )

 

Questions for Home Groups:

 


 

SERIES: Church? Who Needs It
MESSAGE: On Your Mark, Get Set…GROW! - Part 2
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Acts 2:42
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/697

MESSAGE SUMMARY

"Fellowship"! How many times have you heard that word since you've been a Christian? But do we use it in the right sense and do we practice it in the right way? Let's take a topical tour of this word in the context in which it appears here in Acts. We discover that not only was the first church a learning church; it was a caring church. This is one of the strongest factors for your own personal spiritual growth, so let's see how it's to be done.

DETAILED NOTES
I. What It Means


II. Why It's Needed


III. How It's Done


IV. When It Happens


Some "One Anothers" in the New Testament:


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