Rev Cheong Yew Kwong
July 5, 2020
The Importance of A Local Church
On Sunday morning, the tomb where Jesus’ body was laid, was empty. Jesus had risen. His disciples gathered behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jews.
In the evening, Jesus walked through the wall and appeared before them.
Then Jesus breathed on the disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” They were born again.
Jesus started the Church here. His disciples became the members of the Body of Christ.
After Jesus rose from the dead, He went up to heaven, but came down again. He went around appearing to His disciples for forty days, and they were born again. So actually, Jesus started and expanded His Church before He went back to heaven again.
In Acts 2, after the 120 disciples were baptised with the Holy Spirit and spoke with unknown tongues, Peter preached to the multitude and 3,000 were saved and added to the church.
What are the four major spiritual elements that are crucial for every believer in the church:
• Apostles’ doctrine – The Word of God
• Fellowship among their own company who believe like they do
• Holy Communion – proclaim the body and the blood of Jesus for health, healing, protection, preservation
Where do you find these four major spiritual elements? In the local church.
Paul experienced the help of the local church when he went through a crisis himself.
However, the local church must move with the times; with the Holy Spirit. The local church must embrace the Word of Faith and the Word of Grace, and be ready to move into the next move of the Holy Spirit; staying relevant to the realm of the spirit and relevant for this and the next generation, for the nation(s).