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How important is the local church to you?

God gave us a purpose, the Great Commission (Mt. 28:19-20). He set parameters with which to fulfill it, the Great Commandment (Mt. 22:37-40). He gave us leaders to set examples for us to follow, Pastors & Deacons (1 Tim. 3:1-13). Then, he reminds us of our responsibility to serve as a foundation in society for truth, God’s word (v14-15). Finally, He closes with v16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

LESSON - Warren Wiersbe writes “Verse 16 is perhaps an early Christian hymn, memorized by the saints for their worship services. The mystery of godliness is God's hidden program to bring godliness into the world. Of course, Christ is God's great Mystery, and this song exalts Him: His birth; His death and resurrection; His earthly ministry. This is a summary of the Person and work of Christ, and the idea is that the local church now continues the work which He began. The church is important to God and should be important to us.”


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